Last update Jan. 10, 2015


High Risk

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

Ergot derivative alkaloid which is used to suppress lactation by inhibiting Prolactin release. Also used with levodopa for treatment of Prolactinoma and Parkinson disease.

No untoward effects have been reported in breastfed infants of mothers who were treated (or erroneously had received medication) and decided to resume breastfeeding.

Non-pharmacological methods used to suppress lactation are as effective as pharmacological ones.


We do not have alternatives for Cabergoline.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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Cabergoline belongs to this group or family:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Cabergoline in its composition:


Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. 100 %
Molecular weight 452 daltons
Protein Binding 41 %
Tmax 3 hours
80 hours


  1. Trimeloni L, Spencer J. Diagnosis and Management of Breast Milk Oversupply. J Am Board Fam Med. 2016 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  2. Cabergolina Drug Summary 2014 Full text (in our servers)
  3. Eglash A. Treatment of maternal hypergalactia. Breastfeed Med. 2014 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  4. Auriemma RS, Perone Y, Di Sarno A, Grasso LF, Guerra E, Gasperi M, Pivonello R, Colao A. Results of a single-center observational 10-year survey study on recurrence of hyperprolactinemia after pregnancy and lactation. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2013 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  5. [No authors listed] Do not use drugs to prevent onset of lactation. Relieve the discomfort and wait. Prescrire Int. 2013 Abstract
  6. Shahzad H, Sheikh A, Sheikh L. Cabergoline therapy for macroprolactinoma during pregnancy: a case report. BMC Res Notes. 2012 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  7. AEMPS Cabergolina Ficha Técnica 2011 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  8. [No authors listed] Single dose cabergoline versus bromocriptine in inhibition of puerperal lactation: randomised, double blind, multicentre study. European Multicentre Study Group for Cabergoline in Lactation Inhibition. BMJ. 1991 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  9. Caballero-Gordo A, Lopez-Nazareno N, Calderay M, Caballero JL, Mancheño E, Sghedoni D. Oral cabergoline. Single-dose inhibition of puerperal lactation. J Reprod Med. 1991 Abstract
  10. Melis GB, Mais V, Paoletti AM, Beneventi F, Gambacciani M, Fioretti P. Prevention of puerperal lactation by a single oral administration of the new prolactin-inhibiting drug, cabergoline. Obstet Gynecol. 1988 Abstract

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