Generic Name: Cabergoline
Product Name: Cabaser
Indication: What Cabaser is used for
Cabaser is primarily used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. This is a disease of the brain that affects movement. Patients with Parkinson’s show three classical symptoms:
- Resting tremor (described as pill-rolling).
- Bradykinesia- slowness of movements.
Patients will display mask-like faces and an unbalanced, shuffling walk with this disease. Parkinson’s is caused by a deficiency of a chemical within the brain called dopamine. Cabaser works by enhancing the effect of dopamine thus reversing many of these signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Note that Cabaser may have been prescribed to you for some other reason than those listed above. Ensure you ask your doctor if you have any concerns about why this medication has been prescribed to you.
Action: How Cabaser works
Cabaser contains the active ingredient cabergoline. This medication belongs to a class of drugs called dopamine agonists which bind to dopamine receptors in cells and stimulate them. This increases the action of dopamine within the brain that helps to control movement of the body.
Cabaser also binds dopamine receptors within the pituitary gland and causes a reduction in prolactin secretion. Prolactin is a hormone important in milk production that can be excessive in conditions associated with tumours of the pituitary gland. Other cabergoline drugs have been used in such conditions but Cabaser has not yet been marketed for these conditions.
In addition to these therapeutic effects, Cabaser also causes a reduction in blood pressure. This is greatest approximately six hours after the dose of medication. The higher the dose of Cabaser, the more likely it will cause a fall in your blood pressure.
Cabaser comes as white oval tablets of three different strengths, containing 1mg, 2mg or 4mg of the active ingredient cabergoline.