Dostinex 0.5mg (Cabergoline) is used to treat hyperprolactinemia (high levels of prolactin, a natural substance that helps breast-feeding women produce milk but can cause symptoms such as infertility, sexual problems, and bone loss in women who are not breast-feeding or men).
Dostinex 0.5mg (Cabergoline) is in a class of medications called dopamine receptor agonists. It works by decreasing the amount of prolactin in the body.
How should Dostinex (Cabergoline) be used?
This dosage information is for cabergoline oral tablet. All possible dosages and drug forms may not be included here. Your dosage, drug form, and how often you take the drug will depend on:
the condition being treated
how severe your condition is
other medical conditions you have
how you react to the first dose
Forms and strengths
Form: oral tablet
Strength: 0.5 mg
Dosage for high prolactin levels
Adult dosage (ages 18 to 64 years)
Typical starting dosage: 0.25 mg taken twice per week.
Dosage increases: Your doctor may increase your dosage by 0.25 mg. This decision depends on your prolactin levels. Your doctor may increase your dosage once every 4 weeks.
Maximum dosage: 1 mg twice per week.
Child dosage (ages 0 to 17 years)
This medication has not been studied in children. It should not be used in people younger than 18 years.
Senior dosage (ages 65 years and older)
The kidneys and liver of older adults may not work as well as they used to. This can cause your body to process drugs more slowly. As a result, more of a drug stays in your body for a longer time. This raises your risk of side effects.
Your doctor may start you on a lowered dosage or a different treatment schedule. This can help keep levels of this drug from building up too much in your body.
Dostinex 0.5mg (Cabergoline) side effects
Dostinex 0.5mg (Cabergoline) oral tablet can cause drowsiness as well as other side effects.
More common side effects
The more common side effects of cabergoline oral tablet can include:
weakness or lack of energy
If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Serious side effects
Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following.
Scarring of tissues in your organs, such as your heart, lungs, and kidneys. Symptoms can include:
shortness of breath
a cough that doesn’t go away
chest pain that doesn’t go away
swelling in your legs, ankles, or feet
Heart valve problems. Symptoms can include:
swelling in your arms, legs, hands, or feet
changes in your heart rhythm
Dostinex 0.5mg (Cabergoline) may interact with other medications
Dostinex 0.5mg (Cabergoline) oral tablet can interact with other medications, vitamins, or herbs you may be taking. An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well.
To help avoid interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, or herbs you’re taking. To find out how this drug might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Examples of drugs that can cause interactions with cabergoline are listed below.
Drugs you should not use with Dostinex 0.5mg (Cabergoline)
Don’t take these drugs with cabergoline. Doing so can cause dangerous effects in your body. These drugs work in the exact opposite way that cabergoline does. This means these drugs and cabergoline will not work well because their effects cancel each other out. Examples of these drugs include:
Antipsychotic drugs such as haloperidol, thiothixene, chlorpromazine, and prochlorperazine
Anti-nausea drugs such as metoclopramide or promethazine.