Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Behaviour changes: Some people have reported changes in behaviour associated with taking cabergoline. There have been occasional reports of aggressive behaviour or hostility, anxiousness, disorientation, or decreased memory. This may be more likely to happen if you have a history of mental illness, such as depression or psychotic episodes. If you experience any of these effects or notice them in a family member who is taking this medication, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Dizziness: Cabergoline can cause severe dizziness, especially when rising from a sitting or lying position. This may occur more often when other medications with similar side effects are being taken. People taking medications that can cause dizziness should rise slowly from sitting or lying down to reduce the possibility of severe dizziness or fainting.
Drowsiness/reduced alertness: Cabergoline may affect the mental or physical abilities needed to drive or operate machinery. Avoid driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous tasks until you have determined how this medication affects you.
Heart, lung, and kidney function: Your doctor will assess the functioning of your heart, lungs, and kidney if prolonged treatment is required as prolonged use of this medication can cause fibrosis or dysfunction of these organs. If you experience shortness of breath, a cough that won't go away, or chest pain, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Liver function: Liver disease or reduced liver function may cause this medication to build up in the body, causing side effects. If you have liver problems, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed. Your doctor may want to test your liver function regularly with blood tests while you are taking this medication.
Cabergoline has been reported to cause liver failure, which can cause death. This medication may also cause a decrease in liver function. If you experience symptoms of liver problems such as fatigue, feeling unwell, loss of appetite, nausea, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, dark urine, pale stools, abdominal pain or swelling, and itchy skin, contact your doctor immediately.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Also, cabergoline should not be used by women with high blood pressure conditions caused by pregnancy, such as eclampsia or preeclampsia, unless the benefits outweigh the risks.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children less than 16 years old. This medication should not be used by this age group unless the benefits outweigh the risks.
Seniors: Studies of cabergoline have not been carried out in seniors. This medication should not be used by this age group unless the benefits outweigh the risks.