A 47-year-old member asked:
Besides medications, what causes a rise in prolactin levels?
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A Verified Doctoranswered
33 years experience
Various: Hi. Pituitary tumors are the most common in the pathological setting. Pregnancy increases PRL physiologically, leading to lactation after delivery. You appear to know the medication issue. Also a condition called macroprolactinemia ("big prolactin") exists that is inconsequential and doesn't cause problems or need treatment.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
What causes a rise in prolactin levels (other than medications)?
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Dr. Philip Kernanswered
Endocrinology 45 years experience
Elevated prolactin: Besides certain medications, an elevated prolactin can be caused by pregnancy, nursing, liver disease, kidney disease and hypothyroidism. Also seen with significant nipple stimulation (sex, jogging). And then of course pituitary tumors. A pituitary tumor usually causes a significant elevation (>100). These tumors can be very small. Mild elevations of prolactin may not need treatment.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
What can cause a rise in prolactin levels?
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Dr. Alan Feldmananswered
43 years experience
Pituitary hormone: Prolactin is a hormone normally made by the pituitary gland during pregnancy and after delivery to cause breast milk production. Other causes for high prolactin include: pituitary tumors (usually benign), certain medications, narcotics. Mild elevations are sometimes seen related to the stress of blood drawing.
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One of the most common meds that can elevate prolactin is Reglan (metoclopramide). Another is risperidone. A review of your medications is an important step in evaluating high prolactin levels.
Sep 8, 2015
Last updated Sep 21, 2014
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