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Dr. Samuel Freedman
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Prolactin (Definition)

The pituitary gland makes many hormones. After delivery of a baby, the pituitary gland pours out prolactin which causes the breasts to produce milk. It may be abnormally produced and cause enlarged ...Read more


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What are symptoms of high prolactin levels? Is it dangerous if a women have high prolactin levels?What causes high prolactin levels?

What are symptoms of high prolactin levels? Is it dangerous if a women have high prolactin levels?What causes high prolactin levels?

Blood tests: best to start with getting prolactin level and take it from there. Balance between prolactin, LH, FSH and other hormones is critical for normal female physiology. Discuss with your doc preferably a gynecologist ...Read more

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What causes high prolactin levels on a non- pregnant female?

What causes high prolactin levels on a non- pregnant female?

Pituitary: The most common cause would be a microadenoma of the pituitary gland. It can usually be treated medically and can have a significant impact on ovulation and the abillity to get pregnant. ...Read more

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Can Klonopin or Wellbutrin (bupropion) cause high prolactin levels?

Can Klonopin or Wellbutrin (bupropion) cause high prolactin levels?

Well ...: In theory, Wellbutrin (bupropion) could cause hyperprolactinemia but in all honesty, I've never seen it occur in clinical practice. Also, Klonopin (a medication that works on the GABA system) can actually inhibit prolactin release. So, short answer is ... It's possible but very unlikely. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Is it dangerous or cause high prolactin level if a person take thyronorm 50mg with normal thyroid levels?

Dangerous : If ur thyroid hormone level is normal & u take exogenous (extra) thyroid hormone, then u are putting yourself in danger. You can cause thyrotoxicosis or deleterious effects on your body (heart, hair/skin/nails, pituitary, & other glands) from excessive thyroid hormone. You have to check your hormone levels, including prolactin, regularly when taking thyroid hormone. Do it under doctor supervision ...Read more

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Would a very high prolactin level (no pituitary tumour) cause hypothyroidism or does hypothyroidism cause high prolactin levels?

Would a very high prolactin level (no pituitary tumour) cause hypothyroidism or does hypothyroidism cause high prolactin levels?

See below: Thyrotropine releasing hormone (trh) from hypothalamus stimulate prolactin and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in anterior pituitary hormones. If you have problems on both, pls see an endocrinologist or neuroto check for pituitary tests . Good luck. ...Read more

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Can Chiari w/blocked CSF flow cause high Prolactin levels? Not pregnant breastfeeding or producing milk

Not usually: Chiari malformations typically do not cause high prolactin levels. Ironically, Chiari-Frommel Syndrome (not a Chiari malformation) IS associated with hyperprolactinemia, but that is a post-pregnancy issue with associated pituitary adenoma. ...Read more

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What can cause high Prolactin level in a woman who is not pregnant, not breastfeeding or producing breast milk?

Hyperprolactinemia: Non pregnancy/breastfeeding reasons for high prolactin levels can be due to pituitary secreting excess prolactin (idiopathic prolactinemia), liver disease (cirrhosis), kidney disease, hypothyroidism, chest trauma and stress. Medications can also increase prolactin including psychiatric and gastrointestinal drugs. Estrogens and verapamil can also elevate prolactin levels. ...Read more

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Can a high prolactin level elevate glucose levels? If not, what meds cause a high prolactin level?

Can a high prolactin level elevate glucose levels? If not, what meds  cause a high prolactin level?

I am not aware: if It elevates the prolactin level. Some of the medications prescribed for anxiety,depression, psychosis can elevate prolactin level. Also Hypothyroidism and Pituitary tumors elevates prolactin level. ...Read more

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What is causing my high prolactin levels?

Many possibilities: A very high prolactin could be from a pituitary adenoma, which is usually treated with medications. Often there are minor elevations in prolactin, and this can be from many other causes. Certain medications, nipple stimulation (eg jogging), hypothyroidism, postpartum. Why was it measured? Infertility, irreg menses (women) or low libido (men)? Your endocrinologist can help you with this. ...Read more

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What causes high prolactin and cortisol levels?

Varies: Prolactin is elevated naturally in pregnancy and breastfeeding; if neither apply to you and it is markedly elevated, it may be a prolactinoma. See your doctor for further evaluation.

Cortisol elevation can be anything that stresses your body. There are disease states with excessive cortisol production, but these are less likely. Again, discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What could cause a very high prolactin level in a woman's blood?

What could cause a very high prolactin level in a woman's blood?

Many things: There are over 40 reasons - ask your doctor why it was drawn and what the next step in the differential is. ...Read more

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Methyldopa can cause high level of prolactin?

Methyldopa can cause high level of prolactin?

Yes: One of the possible side effects of Methyldopa is that it can increase prolactin levels, leading to breast enlargement in men and women as well as affecting women's period cycles. ...Read more

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Can high prolactin cause elevated glucose levels? If not, what meds can cause elevated glucose?

Can high prolactin cause elevated glucose levels? If not, what meds can cause elevated glucose?

No: High prolactin is not known to be associated with Hyperglycemia. Some of the medications associated with hyperglycemia are Steroids, High dose of Beta blockers ( except carvidalol & Nebivalol) High dose of HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) ( 50 mg or higher)I Statins can cause minimal elevation of blood sugar. ...Read more

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What can cause my prolactin level to be high?

What can cause my prolactin level to be high?

High prolactin: Hi. High prolactin (PRL) is most often caused by a benign pituitary tumor that makes PRL. There are certain drugs that can cause hyperprolactinemia, such as anti-dopaminergic drugs and narcotics. Your gender isn't stated. If you're a woman, it can make your periods cease (but at your age, menopause is knocking, so that must be considered). It can also cause breast milk not related to childbirth. ...Read more

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Which symptoms caused you to see your dr., to discover high prolactin levels?

Several: High prolactin can cause a number of symptoms especially in women. The most common and notable is missed periods and infertility. There can be milk or breast discharge and if due to a large tumor in the pituitary headaches, decreased libido or loss of peripheral vision. ...Read more

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Could high prolactin levels cause cancer?

Could high prolactin levels cause cancer?

Prolactin and cancer: It may be produced by a tumor or a cancer but a high prolactin level isn't likely to cause a cancer. Still, in women with very high levels who don't have regular menstrual cycles, the endometrial tissue can become abnormal. ...Read more

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Could high prolactin levels be a cause of ovarian cancer?

Could high prolactin levels be a cause of ovarian cancer?

No: This is worrisome though, especially if it's well above the reference range and there's no clear explanation. (Mild elevations mean little and the range is set so that several percent of healthies fall above.) Get with your physician about this. ...Read more

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Could low prolactin levels in a male cause his testosterone levels to be too high? (since high prolactin causes low t)

Could low prolactin levels in a male cause his testosterone levels to be too high? (since high prolactin causes low t)

Prolactin: At high levels may suppress testosterone but the opposite relation has not be observed. However, low prolactin may be associated with orgasm problems and depression. ...Read more

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Can high prolactin levels cause muscle pain?

Can high prolactin levels cause muscle pain?

Prolactin: Not impossible but unlikely.
Where is the muscle pain? How long have you had it? Have you had examination and treatment for muscle pain?
Please keep me informed. ...Read more

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Does an elevated prolactin level (57) cause night sweats?

Absolutely: A high prolactin level can suppress the ovaries from functioning normally, so it's like you are in menopause. One of the common symptoms is night sweats. Here's a link to some good info: http://www.Uptodate.Com/contents/high-prolactin-levels-and-prolactinomas-beyond-the-basics. ...Read more

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Does high prolactin levels cause low progesterone? What's the relation between these two hormones?

Prolactin: is a PITUITARY hormone which causes lactation in females ...It is not related to progesterone which is produced by the ovaries!

Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

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Could high prolactin levels be a cause of cancer i haven't had period in 5 months waiting to find out why my prolactin levels are high?

Could high prolactin levels be a cause of cancer i haven't had period in 5 months waiting to find out why my prolactin levels are high?

No relation to cance: Cancer is not caused or related to high prolactin. A benign adenoma of the pituitary gland is often the cause of high prolactin level which can cause irregular periods. You should go see an endocrinologist to check your pituitary gland(located under the brain) sooner. ...Read more

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How long will it take for prolactin levels (17.5 in male) to drop after discontinuing high doses of antihistamine for three consecutive months that caused elevated numbers? Will hair stop shedding?

How long will it take for prolactin levels (17.5 in male) to drop after discontinuing high doses of antihistamine for three consecutive months that caused elevated numbers? Will hair stop shedding?

If it was: Due to the antihistamine, which a doubt, it should be relatively quickly over days. Also, it is unlikely that that is the cause of your hair loss. Check w/your doctor for other explanations for all of your concerns. ...Read more

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High prolactin levels no period in 5 months, eyesight is fine when glasses are on haven't taken any meds to cause this what could i have, so confused?

There are: A variety of potential causes for elevated prolactin - you don't state how elevated your level is. Most common is psychotropic medication given for depression, anxiety, psychosis, etc. Hypothyroidism is a common cause. Pituitary tumors can secrete excess prolactin, talk w/your doctor. ...Read more

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I hve prolactin level 189.2ng/ml and i had on cabergoline for 2 times a week for 1 mnth now i stopped.Is this high level shure caused by pituary tumor?

I hve prolactin level 189.2ng/ml and i had on cabergoline for 2 times a week for 1 mnth now i stopped.Is this high level shure caused by pituary tumor?

Talk to ur doc: There are other causes for high prolactin such as medication side effects, pregnancy...But a pituitary tumor is very possible with a prolactin of 189. It's helpful to find the cause so you know you are not missing something. Only knowing what info you gave above, i think a MRI is appropriate. Talk to your doc. ...Read more