Research Article

Long-term treatment of acromegaly with bromocriptine.

Br Med J 1977; 1 doi: (Published 02 April 1977) Cite this as: Br Med J 1977;1:875

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  1. J A Wass,
  2. M O Thorner,
  3. D V Morris,
  4. L H Rees,
  5. A S Mason,
  6. A E Jones,
  7. G M Besser


    Seventy-three patients with active acromegaly were treated for three to 25 months with bromocriptine 10-60 mg/day. Seventy-one patients showed symptomatic and objective clinical improvement. This included reduction in excessive sweating, hand and foot size, and the number of headaches; improved facial appearance; and increased energy and libido. Abnormal visual fields became normal in two patients, one of whom had concomitant radiotherapy. Mean circulating growth hormone levels, obtained by averaging serial samples through the day, fell by more than 7 microng/l or became undetectable in 58 patients (79%) but did not reach normal values: only 15 patients had mean levels on treatment of 5 microng/l or less. Twenty-three patients were diabetic before treatment, and glucose tolerance became normal in 15 and improved in a further five. Provided the drug was started slowly side effects were minor when compared with the considerable clinical benefit obtained.