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By Serge Kreutz (2010)
I am in the unfortunate state of separation from my husband who for the last three years has been taking bromocriptine and more recently cabergoline for the treatment of a tumor of the pituitary gland.
Finding an answer to his problems was brilliant - unfortunately it did not turn out so great. He is now so totally obsessed with sex that he has affair after affair. And not simply "love" affairs but purely sexual affairs. I am not enough for him - no one is enough for him.
He constantly seeks sexual pleasure from Internet sites - oh I could go on and on.
His personality has changed immensely and he now resembles a stranger.
I am most certainly no prude and have always enjoyed sex having no inhibitions whatsoever. We always had such a fulfilled sex life. But this drug has ruined my life and no doubt in the end it will ruin his. I have lost my husband. He has no emotions whatsoever. He constantly drinks and gambles and has no time for his children.
We were once his whole life - and now he could not give a damn and all because of some bloody drug that you want to get your hands on in order to fulfill your sexual desires.
I can tell you without a doubt that cabergoline has sexually enhanced my husband far greater than the bromocriptine did. But it has also taken away his emotions and his ability to love and feel anything. He sees what he has done to our little family and sees the neurotic state I have become and thinks it is funny. All he sees is his intense desire to fulfill himself in anyway he can.
Problems with libido
Well I can tell you that the cabergoline certainly has caused me a lot of problems to do with libido. A side effect that I was not told about and didn?t expect at all. My doctors have denied any such effects from the drug. There was a stage there that I thought I was going a little mad and the doctors were treating me as though I was a strange personality.
From my experience it seems to take about 6 months for the hightening of libido to really kick in. For me, the best way to describe it is the experience of kundilini. I don?t know if you have ever heard of that. In India it is practiced as a yogic meditation.
I have often felt orgasmic-like flashes just while I am driving the car or some other mundane task. It is an experience a lot of spiritual people have. It can drive you a little mad to say the least. Especially if there is no easy trusted outlet for the energy.
I have also noticed that the cabergoline seems to loosen my unconscious mind. I have a heightened awareness of people's feelings; at times it seems telepathic. I don?t get these feelings or intuitions when I am not on the cabergoline.
For me, cabergoline is making life very difficult. I have no physical side effects that I can show my doctors as I had with Parlodel and Pergolide (like being unconscious on the floor). So it is hard for me to get across to them my management problems. I have found that I am very sensitive and get distracted easily and this is causing me a lot of personal problems. I can see that there are bonuses to the drug, for example I find that I don?t get angry and that I have feelings of being in love most of the time. But these feelings are more like a mask or a dampening of my own emotions and things get confusing.
I am given Cabergoline on an authority prescription. It is subsidized by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, a federal government scheme. It only costs me $ 3.00 per bottle of thirty 1mg tablets.
Are you aware of any studies or papers that have addressed the psychological side effects? I am more interested in trying to manage the side effects and making my medico's aware that they do occur in others. I have one anecdotal tale of a person who had amazing mood swings from Parlodel - so much so that he took out a gun and shot up an employees name badge with 20 rounds just because he was angry with him. Apparently this was a total personality change from how the person behaved before taking the drug.
I found your site on cabergoline during a search.
While I have only looked at the opening page some of what you have written interests me. I have a prolactinoma and have been treating it for the last 2 or so years with cabergoline.
I can certainly agree that my prolactin levels have ruled my emotions and sexual drive. Since being on the cabergoline I have concerns now for side effects. For me the side effects have been a cross between attention deficit disorder symptoms, especially the hyperfocusing states, and the feeling of obsessional love. The feeling of being in love is especially distracting when I choose to be single and not in a relationship.
Let me know if you would like to talk some more. I would be most grateful to talk to anybody else who has experienced the drug and its effects. Some of them can be very distracting. It is also frustrating that both my local doctor and my specialist say that there are no side effects to this medication. Yet they disregard the fact that I have been in psychiatric nursing for 28 years and have a great deal of knowledge regarding mental and related health. In other words they are saying it is all in my mind.
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