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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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My prolactin is high & was asked to use a Palodel tab, the side effects are really too complicated. can i use something else? please advise/recommend.

My prolactin is high & was asked to use a Palodel tab, the side effects are really too complicated. can i use something else? please advise/recommend.

Try cabergoline: For patients with high prolactin due to pituitary tumors I prescribe cabergoline which is less likely to cause side effects and only needs to be taken twice a week instead of twice a day. I hope you are being treated by an endocrinologist and you should discuss this with him/her. If your elevated prolactin is medication-related you can be switched to a different med ...Read more

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Prolactin goes up.. And I take dostinex (cabergoline). What side effects?

Prolactin goes up.. And I take dostinex (cabergoline). What side effects?

Dostinex (cabergoline): Some common side effects of Dostinex (cabergoline) are: nausea, headache, dizziness, constipation, low blood pressure, dry mouth, bowel changes (either constipation or diarrhea), abdominal pain... For more information, see link below. http://www.drugs.com/pro/dostinex.html. ...Read more

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If your prolactin is brought into normal range with cabergoline, when should you stop cabergoline before re-testing. Side effects are bothersome! ?

If your prolactin is brought into normal range with cabergoline, when should you stop cabergoline before re-testing.
Side effects are bothersome! ?

Don't: Don't stop, just make sure your prolactin is normal on the medication. You can try to reduce the dose slightly and see if prolactin levels remain normal, but only with your doctor's permission. If prolactin was elevated due to other medication, stopping the other med may allow reduction in cabergoline. ...Read more

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My prolactin is 42, I am 5ft 3 in tall, 108 lbs, on cabergoline. Could 0.5mg be too strong for my frame? Side effects are bothersome.

My prolactin is 42, I am 5ft 3 in tall, 108 lbs, on cabergoline.
Could 0.5mg be too strong for my frame? Side effects are
bothersome.

Check w/your doctor: 0.5 mg 2x/week is a fairly low dose. If your prolactin is still elevated, you probably could use a higher dose, if you can tolerate it. Depends upon the cause for your prolactin elevation. ...Read more

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Totalt:163 freet: 31.4tsh: 2.77 prolactin:6.4 FSH 2.8 LH 1.8. Uro prescribed axiron but I am scared of the side effects due to fertility.Alternatives?

Fertlity: You appear to have secondary hypogonadism. Your low testosterone level deserves a pituitary MRI to rule out pituitary disease. All hypogonadism impacts fertility. Testosterone does not improve this. One can use HCG injections to stimulate sperm counts when fertility is desired. ...Read more

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If 0.25 mgs of cabergoline is causing side effects, is it ok to cut it in half? My prolactin is now a 5. Side effects of constipation and insomnia..

Already at half dose: If you're taking 0.25 twice weekly and your prolactin is 5, it couldn't have been very elevated to begin with as you're still on the starting dose. You might talk w/your doctor about stopping it and rechecking the prolactin level to see if rx is still required. If it is, try an even lower dose as your level seems easy to control. ...Read more

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Im on second month of orthocyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) and I have elevated prolactin (57). How can I distinguish between side effects of bc pill and elevated prolactin?

Different effects: Effect of hyperprolactinemia is mainly galactorrhea (nipple discharge), irregular menses. One may have headaches or visual symptoms if hyperprolactinemia due to pituitary tumor of significant size. Common side effects of birth control pills are nausea, breakthrough vaginal bleeding (usually resolves after being the pill for a few months), breast tenderness, mood swings, headaches. ...Read more

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Does Abilify or geodon (ziprasidone) or zyprexa have less side effects? Which one has less prolactin elevation

Does Abilify or geodon (ziprasidone) or zyprexa have less side effects? Which one has less prolactin elevation

They all do it: All of these drugs will elevate prolactin. But this prolactin elevation is usually mild and of little consequence. It is far more important to get on medications that effectively treat your psychiatric condition. ...Read more

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Dr just told me to stop ocp pills due to side effects. I have begun cabergoline for elevated prolactin, will cabergoline balance my hormones?

Dr just told me to stop ocp pills due to side effects. I have begun
cabergoline for elevated prolactin, will cabergoline balance my
hormones?

Why cabergoline?: I'm not sure why you're taking Cabergoline unless your prolactin is elevated. If so, Cabergoline will work within days to weeks, but the dose may need to be increased after you see you lab response to the initial starting dose. If prolactin is elevated, your physician should check for possible causes, including a benign pituitary tumor. ...Read more

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