Side Effects of Bromocriptine

Common Side Effects

Bromocriptine has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, in which a group of people taking the drug have side effects documented and compared to another group not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common bromocriptine side effects included:
  • Nausea -- in up to 49 percent of people
  • Headaches -- up to 19 percent
  • General weakness -- up to 18.9 percent
  • Dizziness -- up to 17 percent
  • Constipation -- up to 14 percent
  • Fatigue -- up to 13.9 percent
  • Runny or stuffy nose -- up to 13. 8 percent.
Other common side effects (occurring in 5 to 12.5 percent or at an unlisted frequency) included:
  • Abdominal cramps (stomach cramps)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Blue or cold fingers or toes
  • Diarrhea
  • Drowsiness
  • Involuntary muscle movements
  • Insomnia
  • A spinning sensation (vertigo)
  • Lightheadedness -- up to 5 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 5 percent
  • Constipation
  • Sinus infection or irritation
  • A "lazy eye" (amblyopia)
  • The common cold
  • Flu symptoms (such as a fever and chills)
  • Infections. 

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the bromocriptine side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never taken.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking the drug or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to bromocriptine, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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