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Pergolide - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 

Why do I need this medicine?

Pergolide is used alone or together with other medicines to treat Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is a disorder that affects movement of a person, causing symptoms such as tremors, muscle stiffness, slowed movement and impaired balance or walking.

Pergolide cannot cure Parkinson's disease but it can improve the quality of life for people who have the disease.

Pergolide may also be used to treat other medical conditions, as decided by your doctor.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Pergolide exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Take Pergolide with food. Swallow the tablet whole. Do not divide or crush the tablet.

If you are taking Pergolide for the very first time, take it with a snack shortly before you sleep. This is to minimise dizziness which may occur with the first dose of Pergolide. Thereafter, you may take it at a time convenient for you. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Pergolide must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking Pergolide even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed otherwise, as stopping it suddenly could worsen your condition.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor or pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have heart valve disease or scarring disorders such as pulmonary fibrosis (scarring disorder of the lungs) as Pergolide may not be suitable for you.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- heart disease
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- mood disorders
- mental illness

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What side effects could I experience?

Pergolide may cause drowsiness and dizziness. Pergolide may also cause you to suddenly fall asleep during your daily activities such as eating and watching television. You may not feel drowsy before you fall asleep. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Pergolide may cause your blood pressure to fall suddenly when you get up from a sitting or lying down position and you may feel giddy. To minimise this problem, stand up slowly.

Other side effects include any of the following: nausea, stomach pain, indigestion, vomiting, constipation, runny nose, difficulty sleeping and double vision. These side effects are common especially when you have just started taking Pergolide.

Let your doctor know if you experience:

- confusion and hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not existent)
- unusual changes in mood or behaviour (being too depressed, agitated, or having compulsive and impulsive behaviour)
- muscle stiffness accompanied by fever
- uncontrollable movements such as twitching or jerking
- breathing difficulties, persistent cough or chest pain
- stomach pain and tenderness

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines for mood disorder e.g. haloperidol, chlorpromazine
- migraine medicines e.g. ergotoxine, ergometrine
- medicine to treat hyperactivity disorders e.g. methylphenidate
- metoclopramide (medicine for nausea or vomiting)

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Pergolide.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Pergolide - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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