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Bromocriptine Mesilate

High Risk

Poorly safe. Evaluate carefully. Use safer alternative or interrupt breastfeeding 3 to 7 T ½ (elimination half-lives). Read the Comment.

An ergot derivative alkaloid which is a prolactin inhibitor with dopaminergic activity, indicated for the treatment of prolactinomas and Parkinson's disease.
Inhibits milk production by lowering prolactin level (Eglash 2014).
Oral administration two to three times a day.

Severe and frequent side effects, that are even increased in the postpartum, are: hypertension, seizures, stroke, myocardial infarction and psychiatric disorders (Hopp 1996, Iffy 1996, Kirsch 2001, Bernard 2015, Seeman 2015, Fedrizzi 2015, Snellen 2016) and thereof the indication to suppress lactation has been questioned by medical societies (Oladapo 2009-2012 Marcellin 2015, Sénat 2016) withdrawn in many countries (Nguyen 2015), switching to cabergoline has been proposed (Eglash 2014) along with non-pharmacological measures (Wong 1985 , Prescrire Int. 2013)

Pharmacokinetic data (moderately high molecular weight and high binding capacity to plasma proteins) explain the observed almost zero excretion into breastmilk (Peters 1985) or below detection limits (<0.2 micrograms / L).
In addition, a low oral bioavailability makes insignificant its absorption from breastmilk to the infant’s plasma.

A successful breastfeeding has been described on about 30 cases of galactorrhea-prolactinoma-hyperprolactinemia that were treated with a daily dose of 2.5 to 5 mg of Bromocriptine with no effects noticed on the infants (Canales 1981, Cheng 1996, Verma 2006).
Nor side effects occurred on 14 infants whose mothers received 2.5 mg of bromocriptine from 5th to 8th day after birth to treat an alleged galactorrhea (Peters 1985).

The risk on breastfeeding would be due to its ability for suppression of milk production, but not to a possible effect on the infant which is considered very unlikely.
If Bromocriptine was eventually administered to suppress lactation but afterwards the mother is willing to resuming breastfeeding, the mother can do it immediately, trying to minimize the drug effect by frequent suckling the child to stimulate milk production.

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Other names

Bromocriptine Mesilate in other languages or writings:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Bromocriptine Mesilate in its composition:


Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. 6 %
Molecular weight 751 daltons
Protein Binding 90 - 96 %
VD 0.87 l/Kg
Tmax 1 - 3 hours
4.5 - 20 hours
Theoretical Dose 0 mg/Kg/d


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  2. Sénat MV, Sentilhes L, Battut A, Benhamou D, Bydlowski S, Chantry A, Deffieux X, Diers F, Doret M, Ducroux-Schouwey C, Fuchs F, Gascoin G, Lebot C, Marcellin L, Plu-Bureau G, Raccah-Tebeka B, Simon E, Bréart G, Marpeau L. Postpartum practice: guidelines for clinical practice from the French College of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians (CNGOF). Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2016 Abstract
  3. Snellen M, Power J, Blankley G, Galbally M. Pharmacological lactation suppression with D2 receptor agonists and risk of postpartum psychosis: A systematic review. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2016 Abstract
  4. Serrano Aguayo P, García de Quirós Muñoz JM, Bretón Lesmes I, Cózar León MV. Tratamiento de enfermedades endocrinológicas durante la lactancia. [Endocrinologic diseases management during breastfeeding.] Med Clin (Barc). 2015 Jan 20;144(2):73-9. Abstract
  5. Bernard N, Jantzem H, Becker M, Pecriaux C, Bénard-Laribière A, Montastruc JL, Descotes J, Vial T; French Network of Regional Pharmacovigilance Centres. Severe adverse effects of bromocriptine in lactation inhibition: a pharmacovigilance survey. BJOG. 2015 Abstract
  6. Seeman MV. Transient psychosis in women on clomiphene, bromocriptine, domperidone and related endocrine drugs. Gynecol Endocrinol. 2015 Abstract
  7. Marcellin L, Chantry AA. [Breast-feeding (part II): Lactation inhibition--Guidelines for clinical practice]. J Gynecol Obstet Biol Reprod (Paris). 2015 Abstract
  8. [No authors listed] Inhibiting the onset of lactation. Is cabergoline an alternative to bromocriptine? Prescrire Int. 2015 Abstract
  9. Christine Nguyen. Clarifying Questions from Bromocriptine Mesylate. Food and Drug Administration. Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Pharmacy compounding advisory Committee (PCAC). 2015 Full text (in our servers)
  10. Sénat MV, Sentilhes L, Battut A, Benhamou D, Bydlowski S, Chantry A, Deffieux X, Diers F, Doret M, Ducroux-Schouwey C, Fuchs F, Gascoin G, Lebot C, Marcellin L, Plu-Bureau G, Raccah-Tebeka B, Simon E, Bréart G, Marpeau L. [Post-partum: Guidelines for clinical practice--Short text]. J Gynecol Obstet Biol Reprod (Paris). 2015 Dec;44(10):1157-66. Abstract
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  13. [No authors listed] Do not use drugs to prevent onset of lactation. Relieve the discomfort and wait. Prescrire Int. 2013 Abstract
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