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Quinagolide oral


Tablets containing quinagolide

Drugs List

  • quinagolide 25microgram tablets and 50microgram tablets
  • quinagolide 75microgram tablets
  • Therapeutic Indications




    Optimal dose should be titrated individually based on the prolactin-lowering effect and the patient's tolerance of therapy.


    Administer at bedtime to avoid problems of orthostatic hypotension.

    Initially treatment begins with the "starter pack" of 25 micrograms daily for 3 days, followed by 50 micrograms daily for 3 days. From day 7, the recommended dose is 75 micrograms daily.

    If necessary, increase the dose gradually to the optimal dose in each case, which is usually in the range 75 to 150 micrograms daily.

    If doses above 300 micrograms are required, increase by increments of 75 to 150 micrograms at intervals of at least 4 weeks until either a satisfactory therapeutic response is achieved, or reduced tolerability requiring the discontinuation of treatment occurs.

    Patients with Renal Impairment

    The manufacturer does not recommend use in patients with renal impairment due to lack of data, however, the Renal Drug Handbook recommends the following:

    Renal impairment GFR less than 50 ml/minute
    Start with low dose and titrate according to response.


    To be taken orally with some food at bedtime.


    Children under 18 years
    Hepatic impairment

    Precautions and Warnings

    Glucose-galactose malabsorption syndrome
    History of psychosis
    Lactose intolerance
    Postural hypotension
    Renal impairment

    Advise hypotension may initially affect ability to drive/operate machinery
    Advise patient somnolence may affect ability to drive or operate machinery
    Contains lactose
    Monitor blood pressure during titration and early maintenance treatment
    Monitor patients for impulse control disorders
    Review treatment if impulse control disorders symptoms occur
    Discontinue if psychiatric disturbances develop
    Dopamine agonists have been associated with pathological gambling
    Pregnancy confirmed: Discontinue this medication
    Female: Barrier or non-hormonal contraception required during treatment
    Advise patient/carer about symptoms of impulse control disorders

    Postural hypotension may result in syncope. Monitor blood pressure, both lying and standing, during titration and early maintenance treatment.

    Pregnancy and Lactation


    Quinagolide is contraindicated in pregnancy.

    Data from animal studies does not indicate any teratogenic or embryotoxic potential, however experience with pregnant women is limited. Patients wishing to conceive should discontinue treatment once pregnancy is confirmed, unless there is a medical reason for continuing treatment. No increased incidence of abortion has been observed when treatment is discontinued at this point.

    If pregnancy occurs in the presence of a pituitary adenoma and treatment has been stopped, close supervision is required throughout pregnancy.

    There are limited cases of quinagolide used throughout pregnancy, however, no abnormal outcomes have been noted (Schaefer, 2007).

    The use of all medication in pregnancy should be avoided whenever possible; particularly in the first trimester. Non-drug treatments should also be considered. When essential, a medication with the best safety record over time should be chosen, employing the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time. Polypharmacy should be avoided. Teratogens taken in the pre-embryonic period, often quoted as lasting until 14 to 17 days post-conception, are believed to have an all-or-nothing effect. Where drugs have a short half-life, and when the date of conception is certain, this may allow women to be reassured where drug exposure has occurred within this time frame. Further advice may be available from the UK National Teratology Information Service (NTIS) and through ToxBase, available via password on the internet ( ) or if this is unavailable at the backup site ( ).


    Quinagolide is contraindicated in breastfeeding.

    Breastfeeding is not usually possible during treatment with quinagolide, however if lactation should continue, breastfeeding is not recommended. It is not known whether quinagolide is secreted in human breast milk.

    Neonates, infants born prematurely, those with low birth weight, those with an unstable gastrointestinal function or who have serious illnesses may require special consideration. For any infant, if a drug is prescribed to the nursing mother, it should be at the lowest practical dose and for the shortest time. When drug administration is unavoidable and breastfeeding is to continue, minimisation of exposure of the infant to the drug may sometimes be achieved by timing the maternal doses to just after a feeding episode. Infants exposed to drugs via breast milk should be monitored for unusual signs or symptoms. Interactions between the drug received by the infant from the mother's milk and medication prescribed for the infant should also be considered, for example, when the drug given to the infant may prevent metabolism of the drug received via breast milk.
    Specialist advice is available from the UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory Service at

    Side Effects

    Abdominal pain
    Fluid retention
    Increased libido
    Nasal congestion
    Pathological gambling
    Psychotic episodes
    Sudden sleep onset episodes


    It is strongly recommended that the UK National Poisons Information Service be consulted on cases of suspected or actual overdose where there is doubt over the degree of risk or about appropriate management.

    The following number will direct the caller to the relevant local centre (0844) 892 0111

    Information may be obtained if you have access to ToxBase the primary clinical toxicology database of the National Poisons Information Service. This is available via password on the internet ( ) or if this is unavailable at the backup site ( ).

    Further Information

    Last Full Review Date: December 2014

    Reference Sources

    Drugs During Pregnancy and Lactation: Treatment Options and Risk Assessment, 2nd edition (2007) ed. Schaefer, C., Peters, P. and Miller, R. Elsevier, London.

    Joint Formulary Committee. British National Formulary (online) London: BMJ Group and Pharmaceutical Press. Accessed on 11 December 2014.

    Summary of Product Characteristics: Norprolac Tablets 25, 50 and 75 micrograms. Ferring Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Revised April 2013.

    The Renal Drug Handbook. 3rd edition. (2009) ed. Ashley, C and Currie, Radcliffe Publishing Ltd, Abingdon.

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