Dostinex Side Effects
Dostinex has been linked to several rare but severe side effects including:
Dostinex Side Effect: Pulmonary Hypertension
Dostinex side effects include pulmonary hypertension. Pulmonary hypertension occurs from tightening of blood vessels that connect the heart to the lungs. The tightened blood vessels make it increasingly difficult for the blood to reach the lungs. This causes the heart to work harder to circulate the blood to the lungs. The extra stress on the heart can cause the heart to wear out and lead to heart failure.
Pulmonary Hypertension side effects may include:
- excessive fatigue
- difficulty breathing
- ankle and extremity swelling
Dostinex Side Effects: Cardiac Valvulopathy
Dostinex use has been linked to a serious side effect, cardiac valvulopathy. Cardiac valvulopathy is a condition where the heart valves become inflamed and stiff. Currently, there is no treatment for this condition. Patients with cardiac valvulopathy require surgery to replace the damaged heart valves.
The Neurology Department at the Kagawa Prefectural Central Hospital in Takamatsu, Japan performed a study to determine how frequent the side effect of cardiac valvulopathy occurs in Dostinex users with Parkinson’s disease. The researchers observed 210 patients with Parkinson’s disease from September 2004 to September 2005. Some patients received Dostinex while others did not. The study revealed that cardiac valvulopathy frequency was higher for Dostinex users (68.8%) than in non-Dostinex users (17.6%).
Dostinex Side Effects: Pulmonary Fibrosis
Pulmonary fibrosis is a side effect linked to Dostinex use. Pulmonary fibrosis is a medical term for lung scarring. Initially, with pulmonary fibrosis, the lungs’ air sacs become damaged. The damage eventually leads to the thickening and scarring of lung tissue. Once this happens, the lung tissue loses its ability to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream.
Pulmonary fibrosis side effects include:
- shortness of breath
- chronic hacking cough
- fatigue and weakness
- chest discomfort
- appetite loss
- rapid weight loss
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