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How can men increase prolactin?

How can men increase prolactin?

Not wise: I'm not sure why you would want to increase prolactin. It is a hormone that in women supports breast feeding. In men it causes sexual dysfunction (impotence) and undesirable breast growth (gynecomastia). ...Read more

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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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Who can I go see to get treat for elevated prolactin?

Who can I go see to get treat for elevated prolactin?

Options: An endocrinologist is one who specializes in this condition. Your primary care physician is also a good place to start and he/she will make the referral if needed. ...Read more

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Is insomnia a symptom of elevated prolactin?

No, but....: Maybe insomnia is a symptom of whatever is also causing your elevated prolactin. For many people, sleep is a fragile venture and almost any physiological disruption can effect it. Elevated prolactin can be due to a number of causes including medication, pregnancy, breast feeding, pituitary tumor or a variety of illnesses. You can imagine that any of these causes could have an impact on sleep. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have elevated prolactin and 17 oh progesterone levels?

What do you recommend if I have elevated prolactin and 17 oh progesterone levels?

See a specialist: The best recommendation is to see an Endocrinologist. There are many causes of elevated prolactin, and many causes of elevated 17 OH progesterone. You need to see someone to help you sort it out. ...Read more

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Does taking cabergoline for elevated prolactin improve thyroidproduction?How long would it take to notice improvemtents?

Maybe: Usually, if someone has ^ prolactin and an underactive thyroid, it's because the low thyroid levels increase a brain hormone, trh, that acts on the pituitary to raise TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) and prolactin. Almost always, treatment w/ thyroid hormone will correct both problems. Very rarely, someone could have a large pituitary tumor making prolactin & suppressing TSH Cabergoline can help. ...Read more

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I have elevated prolactin (57) if i start medication for it will my thyroid function more fully? I believe my thyroid is weak, dr says "in range".

I have elevated prolactin (57) if i start medication for it will my
thyroid function more fully? I believe my thyroid is weak, dr
says "in range".

Perhaps: Prolactin can have a disruptive effect on the hormones of the anterior pituitary (lh, fsh, gh, tsh). This can cause irregular periods. Although certainly not the most prominent effect of elevated prolactin, it could conveably make labs appear "in range" when they are not truly optimal. ...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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Im on 0.5mg of cabergoline once a week for elevated prolactin not due to a tumor, when should i start to feel better?

Im on 0.5mg of cabergoline once a week for
elevated prolactin not due to a tumor, when
should i start to feel better?

Take twice/week: You need to take it twice per week. If you do, and the dose is correct, you should notice a drop in prolactin within 2-4 weeks. Whether that will make you feel better is unknown, as i don't know if your problem is related to or causing you elevated prolactin. Psychiatric medication is a common cause for elevated prolactin, as are tumors to small to image. ...Read more