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A retrospective drug use evaluation of cabergoline for lactation inhibition at a tertiary care teaching hospital in Qatar.

AlSaad, Doua; ElSalem, Samah; Abdulrouf, Pallivalapila; Thomas, Binny; AlSaad, Tayseer; Ahmed, Afif; AlHail, Moza


Doua AlSaad

Samah ElSalem

Pallivalapila Abdulrouf

Binny Thomas

Tayseer AlSaad

Afif Ahmed

Moza AlHail


Background: Breastfeeding is considered as gold standard for infant nutrition and should be interrupted only when a compelling indication exists. Certain medical conditions such as abortion, stillbirth, HIV infection, or infant galactosemia and certain medications such as chemotherapy necessitate lactation inhibition to protect the health of mother and infant. Drug use evaluation (DUE) studies are done to explore the current practice in a setting and help to identify areas in which further information and education may be needed by clinicians. Objective: The aim of this study was to conduct a DUE of cabergoline to assess indications for lactation inhibition, dosage regimen, and its safety. Method: A retrospective cross-sectional DUE study was conducted over a period of 4 months from September 1, 2013, till December 31, 2013, at the Women's Hospital, Qatar. All cabergoline prescriptions written for lactation inhibition within 10 days of delivery or abortion were included in the study. A descriptive data analysis was undertaken. Results: Of the 85 patients included, stillbirth (50.6%) was considered as the main reason for lactation inhibition, followed by abortion (27.1%) and neonatal death (12.9%). The remaining 9.4% of the patients had live baby, and the majority of them were prescribed cabergoline for lactation inhibition because their maternal medical conditions required the use of drugs with insufficient safety data (n=6). Seventy-four percent of patients received cabergoline at accurate time and dose. However, 14% of the patients had preexisting hypertensive disorder and 58.3% of them were diagnosed as uncontrolled hypertension. Conclusion: The current DUE study found that cabergoline was mainly used to inhibit lactation for patients with stillbirth, abortion, and neonatal death. In mothers who use medications for other medical conditions, benefits and risks of breastfeeding should be carefully balanced before prescribing cabergoline. Current prescribing pattern can be further enhanced through informing health care providers regarding appropriate cabergoline dosage regimen and its safety in patients with uncontrolled hypertension.


ALSAAD, D., ELSALEM, S., ABDULROUF, P., THOMAS, B., ALSAAD, T., AHMAD, A. and ALHAIL, M. 2016. A retrospective drug use evaluation of cabergoline for lactation inhibition at a tertiary care teaching hospital in Qatar. Therapeutics and clinical risk management [online], 12, pages 155-160. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 14, 2015
Online Publication Date Feb 9, 2016
Publication Date Dec 31, 2016
Deposit Date Feb 2, 2017
Publicly Available Date Feb 2, 2017
Journal Therapeutics and clinical risk management
Print ISSN 1176-6336
Electronic ISSN 1178-203X
Publisher Dove Medical Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Pages 155-160
Keywords Lactation inhibition; Cabergoline; Drug use evaluation; Breastfeeding inhibition
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