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Cabergoline

Last updated on 03/08/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Cabergoline

CHINESE NAME: 卡麥角林

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Dostinex

DRUG CLASS: Endocrine drugs

SUB CLASS: Dopamine agonists

USED FOR: Hyperprolactinemia, Suppression of lactation

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 0.5mg (tablets)

What is Cabergoline for?

Cabergoline belongs to a class of medications called dopamine agonists. It works by reducing the release of prolactin to treat hyperprolactinemia and suppress lactation.

How to use it?

Cabergoline is taken orally as tablets. 

Hyperprolactinemia:
0.5 mg weekly, given in one or two doses, then gradually increase the dose by 0.5 mg/week at monthly intervals. The usual maintenance dose is 1 mg/week and ranges from 0.25-2 mg/week.

Suppression of lactation:
1 mg once during the first day of postpartum.

What are the side effects of Cabergoline?

Common side effects of Cabergoline include nausea, headache, dizziness, constipation, fatigue, and orthostatic hypotension.

Who should not take Cabergoline?

– People who are allergic to Cabergoline, ergot derivatives, or any component of the formulation
– Patients with uncontrolled hypertension
– Patients with a history of cardiac valvular disorders
– Patients with a history of pulmonary, pericardial, or retroperitoneal fibrotic disorders

Pharmacist Tips:

– Some people may develop strong urges, such as gambling, compulsive eating, compulsive buying, and increased sex drive. If you or people around you notice that you are developing unusual behaviors, talk to your doctor.
– Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant before using this drug.

Common dosing schedule:
Cabergoline should be taken with meals.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Cabergoline may interact with:
– Dopamine antagonists, e.g. Metoclopramide, Domperidone
– Antipsychotics, e.g. Chlorpromazine, Haloperidol
– Macrolide antibiotics, e.g. Clarithromycin, Erythromycin
– Antifungals, e.g. Ketoconazole, Itraconazole

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Cabergoline in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Cabergoline is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Cabergoline in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.