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Does Cabgolin stop the production of milk?

Q: I am a 27 years old woman still breast feeding my three years old daughter at bedtime. My gynaecologist prescribed me Cabgolin (0.5 mg) for two weeks. Does Cabgolin really help to stop the production of milk?

A:Milk in female humans is produced when prolactin levels (measurable in blood) are high. There are two causes of high prolactin levels: immediately after labour (birth of a baby) and as a disease (pathological disorder). It is unusual for a woman to continue to have very high level of prolactin after 3 years of labour. Hence, prolactin levels should first be determined and if possible cause found out. If Cabgolin (that contains cabergolin) is administered then breast-feeding should be immediately stopped since the drug will reach the breast-fed baby and cause side effects.

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