Cabergoline is manufactured under the brand name Dostinex. The preparation affects dopamine D2 receptors and helps to diminish the amounts of prolactin hormone in the human organism.
It is widely used both on and off-label. On-label usage is aimed at curing of gynecomastia (enlargement of breasts in males), hyperprolactinemia. It may also be applied for suppressing lactation. Among the other purposes of taking the drug are diminishing of the negative effects of anabolic steroids used by bodybuilders and increase of sexual desire.
The remedy is manufactured in a pill and liquid form. The common tablet strength is 0.5mg of Cabergoline. It should be administered with food. The dose of the preparation depends on the patient’s response to the treatment and starts from 0.25mg (half a pill). It may gradually be increased to 0.5mg or 1mg of Dostinex twice a week. Any alterations in the dosing regimen should be agreed with a medical specialist.
Warnings and contraindications to the medication intake
Prior to taking up the course of treatment with Cabergoline, you have to consult with a doctor about its safety in your case. Among common Dostinex contraindications are:
- Hypertension or low blood pressure;
- Breathing disorders;
- Heart disease;
- Severe liver impairment;
- Heart valve disorders in medical history;
- Hypersensitivity to Cabergoline or ergot derivatives.
The use of Dostinex or its generics with some other medications may induce a number of dangerous drug interactions. Inform your healthcare specialist if you take metoclopramide, phenothiazines, thiothixene or haloperidol. Administering these medicines together with Cabergoline may be not safe.
The reaction to taking Cabgoline with alcohol may differ in different people depending on their general health condition and predisposition to experiencing adverse effects. In general, concomitant intake of Cabergoline and alcohol is not recommended because it may trigger or exacerbate some side reactions on the part of the nervous system. Yet, alcohol doesn’t influence the medical effect of the preparation.
Patients administering Cabgoline together with alcohol-containing beverages may feel:
- Difficulties with concentration;
- Troubles with thinking and judgment.
However, patients who know their body’s reaction to the remedy may take small amounts of alcohol without danger to their health. Nevertheless, they must be sure that Cabergoline doesn’t induce any nervous system side effects in you. Talk about the possibility of such interaction with your doctor.
According to some animal studies, Cabergoline may be effective in reducing a desire to drink alcohol. However, such results have been noticed only in experimental subjects addicted to alcohol. Nevertheless, these studies give hope for a new remedy for fighting alcohol dependency in people.