Saturday, August 27, 2011

Bromocriptine is used for treating high prolactin levels in infertile women

Bromocriptine is a drug which is used specifically to treat women with hyperprolactinemia - a condition in women fail to ovulate because the pituitary is producing too much of the hormone called prolactin. Hyperprolactinemia is the cause of menstrual disturbance in about 10% of anovulatory women. Bromocriptine lowers prolactin levels to normal (the normal range in most laboratories being less than 20 ng/ml) and allows the ovary to get back to normal.


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  1. Anonymous9:00 AM

    Hi Doc,
    So what is considered a marginally elevated prolactin level?
    I was tested with 55ug/L and my gynae prescribed me with Bromocriptine, but i was rather worried of its side effects and have not started the course yet. My periods for the past 3 months have been a regular 28 days and I dont understand the need to take such medication (Gyane said that I may not ovulate even though my cycles are regualr).
    So I'm at the crossroad not knowing what to do now.
    In your opinion, is it advisable to monitor my prolaction levels further before starting to take the medication.
    Thank you for the advice.

  2. A level of 55 ng/ml is high. Normal is usually upto 30 ng/ml. Read more about how to make sense of your prolactin level at

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