Buy Parlodel from Canadian & International Pharmacies
Parlodel (Bromocriptine Mesylate)and/or alternatives
Parlodel 2.5mg from $0.77 USD/tabletParlodel 2.5mg
Manufactured by: Novartis Pharmaceutical
Product of Australia. Shipped from AustraliaRxPrescription Required
Parlodel 5mg from $1.58 USD/capsuleParlodel 5mg
Manufactured by: Meda Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Product of United KingdomRxPrescription RequiredCurrently Unavailable
Bromocriptine Mesylate 2.5mg from $0.68 USD/tabletBromocriptine Mesylate 2.5mg
Generic Alternative to Parlodel
Marketed as Sicriptin in India
Manufactured by: Maneesh Pharmaceuticals
Product of India. Shipped from IndiaRxPrescription Required
Bromocriptine Mesylate 2.5mg is currently unavailable from Canada
General Information on Parlodel
Parlodel is used to treat signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and a specific condition caused by excess prolactin in the blood known as hyperprolactinemia. It is also used in the treatment of acromegaly (a condition caused by excessive production of growth hormone due to a pituitary gland tumor) along with surgery or radiation.
Bromocriptine, the main active ingredient in Parlodel, belongs to a group of drugs known as dopamine receptor agonists. It works just like dopamine, a naturally occurring chemical in the body. Parkinson’s disease is associated with low levels of dopamine in the brain. The drug also works to decrease prolactin levels in the blood.
Parlodel is available in the form of a capsule and a tablet (SnapTabs). Each Parlodel tablet contains 2.5mg Bromocriptine Mesylate, while each Parlodel capsule contains 5mg Bromocriptine Mesylate. The drug is a prescription medication, which means you are required to consult your doctor before you buy Parlodel in any form.
Side effects of Parlodel
Parlodel may cause mild to severe side effects in some people. Mild headache, dry mouth, numbness or a cold feeling in your fingers, nausea, dizziness, stomach pain, mild drowsiness, vomiting, tiredness, or diarrhea are some less serious side effects associated with the drug.
Parlodel may also cause severe side effects such as hallucinations, back pain, dangerously high blood pressure, confusion, pain the chest (especially on the left side or behind the breastbone), bloody/tarry/black stools, vision problems, unusual taste in the mouth, or dark colored vomit. Stop using the medication and consult your doctor immediately if you notice or experience any severe side effects after using Parlodel in any form.
Dosage of Parlodel
The dosage of Parlodel depends on the medical condition being treated and the form of medication used. Take the medication along with food. Doctors generally increase the dosage during treatment to determine the lowest dose that provides a therapeutic response.
The recommended adult dose to treat high levels of prolactin in the blood is ½ to one Parlodel tablet daily. Your doctor may recommend an additional dose of one Parlodel tablet daily in the treatment every 2-7 days until a desirable therapeutic response is achieved. The recommended adult dose producing a therapeutic response is generally in the range of 2.5mg to 15mg daily.
The recommended dose for children to treat high levels of prolactin in the blood is ½ to one Parlodel tablet daily. Doctors may increase the dosage until a desirable therapeutic response is achieved. The recommended children’s dose producing a therapeutic response is generally in the range of 2.5mg to 10mg daily
The recommended initial adult dose to treat Parkinson’s disease is half Parlodel tablet two times a day with meals. The recommended initial adult dose to treat acromegaly is half to one Parlodel tablet daily with meals for 3 days
Parlodel may potentially interact with other medicines you are using and cause side effects. It may interact with drugs such as antidepressants, anti-malaria drugs, cancer medications, heart rhythm medications, seizure medications, and allergy or asthma medications
Parlodel may also interact with diabetes medications taken orally, heart or blood pressure medicines, ergot drugs, antibiotics, antidepressants, and cholesterol-lowering drugs, drugs used to treat psychiatric disorders, or HIV or AIDS medicines.
Before you buy Parlodel, inform your doctor about every drug you are using, which includes prescription medications, over the counter drugs, and herbal supplements
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have the comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo comparative testing to ensure that they are the same as their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain comparable active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must be comparable in strength and dosage to the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically comparable. They may look different, and be called something different, but they are required to be have the same active ingredient.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
The two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.