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Quinagolide Tablets 25, 50 and 75 micrograms
1. What Quinagolide is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Quinagolide
3. How to take Quinagolide
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Quinagolide
6. Further information
Quinagolide is for oral use only. It is available in strengths of 25 micrograms, 50 micrograms and 75 micrograms.
Quinagolide contains quinagolide which decreases the production of the hormone prolactin.
Quinagolide is used to treat conditions resulting from high levels of prolactin in the blood (hyperprolactinaemia) including:
If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, please refer to the pregnancy section of this leaflet.
Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken or used any other medicines - even those not prescribed.
Drinking alcohol may increase the side effects of Quinagolide. If this happens, you should avoid drinking alcohol while you are on treatment with Quinagolide.
Quinagolide reduces production of breast-milk, so it is not normally possible to breast-feed while you are taking it. You should not breast-feed even if it is possible to do so. This is because it is not known whether the active ingredient in Quinagolide passes into breast-milk.
While you are on Quinagolide, caution is advised if you drive or operate machinery. This is because Quinagolide:
If you experience any of these effects, please do not drive or engage in any other activity (e.g. operating machinery) where impaired alertness may put you or others at risk of serious injury or death and please consult your doctor, as your dose may need to be adjusted.
Quinagolide contains the ingredient lactose. Therefore, if you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars (including lactose), contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
It is important to take your medicine as directed by your doctor. The label on your medicine should tell you how much to take and when to take it. If it does not, or you are not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medicine only if your doctor has decided that this is appropriate for you. Follow the instructions given to you very carefully.
The tablets should only be removed from the blister when it is time to take your medicine.
Quinagolide should be taken once daily at bedtime preferably with a snack. Remove the tablet from the blister by pushing it through the foil and place it in your mouth. Swallow it with a mouthful of water.
If you take more Quinagolide than you should, tell your doctor immediately or go to your nearest casualty department.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if you do not remember until it is nearly time for the next dose, take your next dose as usual and carry on as before. Do not take double doses to make up for a dose that you miss.
Like all medicines, Quinagolide can have side effects. These are most common during the first few days of treatment and tend to go away on continuing treatment.
Very common side effects (affect more than 10 of every 100 patients treated):
Common side effects (affect between 1 and 10 of every 100 patients treated):
Rare side effects (affect between 1 and 10 of every 10,000 patients treated):
Very rare side effects (affect less than 1 of every 10,000 patients treated):
Inability to resist the impulse, drive or temptation to perform an action that could be harmful to you or others, which may include:
Tell your doctor if you experience any of these behaviours; they will discuss ways of managing or reducing the symptoms.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme (www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard). By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Keep Quinagolide out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not store above 25°C.
Do not take the tablets past the expiry date on the packaging.
If you are unsure about the storage, ask your pharmacist. It is best to return all old and unused medicines to your pharmacist for safe disposal.
Your medicine is called Quinagolide Tablets. They are for oral use only.
Quinagolide Tablets 25 micrograms PL 35533/0062
Quinagolide Tablets 50 micrograms PL 35533/0063
Quinagolide Tablets 75 micrograms PL 35533/0064
This leaflet was last revised in May 2020.