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13 Feb 2012 01:28 PM

Treating Infertility in Women with Parlodel (Bromocriptine)

When a women who has not reached the menopausal age can become infertile due to many reasons. Age, hormonal imbalance, trauma, ovarian cysts and cancer can lead to stoppage of periods thus making it difficult for the female to have a regular ovulation and periods. Parlodel (Bromocriptine) is a drug that has been approved by FDA and is said safe to be used for a long period of time, over several years of course. Cessation of menstrual cycles can be a result of imbalanced muscle to body fat ratio or a lower BMI can become target for irregular menstrual cycles. Amenorrheacan also be a reason caused due to pituitary adenoma. This gland aids in the maturation and growth of the ova that is released from the women’s ovary. Pituitary gland when not functioning properly will secrete high levels of prolactin which also affects the levels of estrogen in the female body. Low levels of estrogen will inhibit ovulation. Hyperprolactinemic amenorrhea can also be a cause of infertility and in this case there are chances that the doctor may prescribe for Bromocriptine.

Function of Bromocriptine and the way it Works

Bromocriptine is also sold under the brand name of Parlodel. Treatment of this medicine can go on for a long period of time. The aim of this course to balance the prolactin levels to normal range and till the menstrual cycle returns to its normal phase. Parlodel (Bromocriptine) can come in the form of oral drug (pill) or pessary (tablet form that can be inserted into the vagina) till the woman conceives. Once the period return to regular the couple can go ahead plan for a baby. It has been reported that the success rate of this drug is around 90% and while women are on this medication they are likely to conceive considering other factors such as parental age and overall health. Also with other fertility drugs such as clomifene, there is risk of multiple pregnancies in a single conception such as twins or triplets but with Bromocriptine there is no such risk involved. Apart from that Parlodel is also prescribed for women who have the risk of miscarriage if their body has a tendency to produce high levels of prolactin.

Some Adverse Effects ofBromocriptine

Every drug has some or the other form of side effect. Common adverse effect includes drowsiness, nausea fatigue, dry mouth, constipation, feeling cold especially in tips of fingers and toes; vomiting, etc. doctors will ask generally to stay away from alcohol smoking and grape juice if you are on this medicine. The side effects will fade away in few weeks of time but if any side effect worsens or you are not getting well in few weeks this may be an indication that the active ingredient Bromocriptine or some other inactive ingredient is allergic to your system and is worsening your health. If you feel nauseated it might be beneficial to have the pill along with food. The dose will be low when it will be administered in the beginning and slowly increased depending upon the state of the female. Sudden allergic reaction such as anaphylaxis can also occur so if it happens you must immediately consult a doctor or go to an emergency care.
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