Brand Name (Generic Name)
Bromocriptine is the first-of-its-kind drug that increases dopamine in the brain in order to improve blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes. It has a rather weak blood sugar-lowering capability. Although the mechansim of action is not clear, it may centrally reverse many of the metabolic changes that are associated with insulin resistance and obesity.
Who can take Cycloset?
Selected patients with type 2 diabetes.
Who should not take Cycloset?
People with type 1 diabetes, ketoacidosis, or sensitvity to ingredients.
How is Cycloset taken?
Cycloset is taken once a day. The dose varies as tolerated up to 4.8 mg daily. It is taken within two hours of waking up and with food.
What are possible side effects?
Low blood pressure (hypotension), fainting, gastrointestinal symptoms, headache, dizziness, and weakness. Use may exacerbate psychotic disorders or reduce the effectiveness of drugs that treat psychosis.
Are other diabetes medicines used with Cycloset?
Should be used in combination with diet and exercise. Limited efficacy data in combination with thiazolidinediones. Efficacy has not been confirmed in combination with insulin.
Reviewed by James A. Bennett 05/13
Special Apple Salad Pear-Ginger Lemonade Zucchini and Swiss Pie Corny Chicken Tacos Grilled Corn on the Cob Herbed Custard Brulee Jicama, Cucumber, and Pineapple Salsa Cinnamon-Spiced Fruit Cajun Deviled Eggs Sephardic Wine and Fruit Pudding
As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the benefits that made it cost-effective for me to go with the real healthcare (HSA) plan rather than the phony (HRA) plan is that my company is now covering "preventative" medicines at $0 copay. The formulary for these, as stated by CVS/Caremark (my pharmacy benefits provider), covers all test strips, lancets, and control solutions. I dutifully get my doctor to write up prescriptions for all of my testing needs, submit...