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Quinagolide - 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?

Quinagolide is used to treat high prolactin level in the blood which is characterised by symptoms such as over-production of breastmilk, irregular menstrual cycle, low sexual drive, and infertility.

Prolactin is a hormone present in the body which stimulates breast development and promotes milk production during and after giving birth.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Quinagolide 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 it together with food or immediately after a meal.

It is best to take it at bedtime. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Quinagolide must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.

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 dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

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

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • liver disease
  • kidney disease
as Quinagolide 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:
  • women of childbearing age who do not wish to conceive
  • Parkinson’s disease (disorder that affects movement of a person, causing symptoms such as tremors, muscle stiffness, slowed movement and impaired balance or walking)
  • history of mental illness
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Quinagolide reduces production of breastmilk, so breastfeeding might not be possible while taking this medicine.

If you experience any changes in your mood or behaviour, inform your doctor immediately.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.
  • Your blood pressure may fall to unsafe levels without you noticing it. You may monitor your blood pressure during the first days of your therapy.
  • Your doctor may also need to do routine blood tests while you are being treated with this medicine.

What side effects could I experience?

Quinagolide may cause drowsiness or dizziness. This medicine 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.

Other side effects include any of the following: nasal congestion, nausea, vomiting, stomach ache, constipation, diarrhoea, fatigue, flushing, loss of appetite, low blood pressure, difficulty in sleeping and unusual changes in mood or behaviour (being too depressed, agitated, or having compulsive and impulsive behaviour).

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:
  • medicine for mood disorders (e.g. clozapine)
  • medicines for high blood pressure or heart disease
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Quinagolide.

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

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol. Alcohol will worsen the dizziness and drowsiness caused by Quinagolide.

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 Quinagolide - 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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