Bromocriptine by Sopharma
Bromocriptine is the short name for the compound Bromocriptine mesylate and is more popularly known with its trade name, Parlodel. It is a derivation of ergot that comes with D1 dopamine receptor antagonist activities as well as D2 dopamine receptor agonist. While it has a wide array of functions in the medical industry, in bodybuilding it is used mainly as a prolactin inhibitor as well as usually used while on a caloric deficit diet – which we will get to later.
Bromocriptine works as a dopamine agonist, which means it has the ability to activate dopamine receptors that are not bound to the particular receptor’s physiological ligand, which is the neurotransmitter dopamine. This will eventually and forcefully create a spike of dopamine in the body.
The Use and Benefits of Bromocriptine in Bodybuilding
There are two main reasons why bodybuilders would benefit from the use of Bromocriptin. The first is for its Prolactin inhibition function. Those who are cycling with trenbolone and nandrolone decanoate or any other stack with a progestin based compound, it will cause in the surge of prolactin levels. Because of this, Bromocriptin is introduced to the cycle to help the prolactin levels are kept at bay. This is because high levels of prolactin in men could kill libido, as well as causing prolactin induced gynecomastia.
Bodybuilders who are on a cutting cycle and is on a low calorie diet will benefit from the use of Bromocriptine as well. When little calories are consumed, or way below the maintenance amount – it will cause the body’s leptin levels to drop – and this will cost the body to retaliate by holding onto nutrient stores. Bromocriptine is able to help with the slow metabolism during this phase, as it helps to maintain the normal levels of leptin stimulation. This is correlated to Bromocriptine’s dopamine rising effects.
However, with cabergoline now available in the market today, bodybuilders are now shifting to it as compared to Bromocriptine, which is much older. It functions the same, however it has far less side effects. Most bodybuilders will only turn to bromocriptine if they cannot get their hands on cabergoline, and they need a prolactin inhibitor to help as an ancillary for a progestin compound anabolic androgenic steroid, or to help fight any prolactin based side effects that might arrive, especially prolactin induced gynecomastia.
The Side Effects of Bromocriptin
One of the main reasons why bodybuilders why away from Bromocriptine and go for Cabergoline is because of its side effects. One of the most reported common side effects is nausea. Bodybuilders report feeling terrible if they are on bromocriptine, the sick feeling like constantly wanting to throw up. Other rare side effects that might occur are the likes of lethargy, headache, tiredness, dry mouth, anxiety, dizziness, and low blood pressure.
The Half Life of Bromocriptin
The half-life of bromocriptine is only 12 hours.
Recommended Dosage of Bromocriptin for Bodybuilders
Bodybuilders who wants to use bromocriptine should start at a low dosage of 2.5 mg up to 5 mg every day. Dosage should be split into two times a day. If the side effects are too bad to handle, cut down the dosage by half.