Published on Mar 11, 2022
Authored by Kate Porz, BPharm
Being diagnosed with hyperprolactinaemia is the first step to working out what is causing your symptoms. In this article we will look at what these treatments are, how long they take to work and share where you can find more information.
Some people with hyperprolactinaemia may not need treatment if it is not causing any symptoms or impacting other bodily functions.1
When treatment is required, it depends on the cause.
Due to Medication
To find out more about treatment options, including medication and surgery visit the Hormones Australia page here.
If you have been put on medication to treat your hyperprolactinaemia your doctor will usually get you to take a blood test 1 month after starting treatment. And at regular intervals after that.
Sometimes you may have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan up to a year after treatment.
After 2-3 years of starting your medicine, if your prolactin levels are normal, your doctor might look at slowly lowering the dose you take over a period of time.
Between 26-69% of people have their hyperprolacitnaemia return. This is usually in the first year of stopping treatment. This is why you will need to have regular blood tests to check your prolactin level.
No, it is not cancer. This tumour is a lump of abnormal tissue. If they are left untreated, they can slowly grow in size but only very rarely do they spread to other parts of the body.
Visit Hormones Australia website for more information including questions to ask your doctor.
-Hormones Australia: Hyperprolactinaemia
-Australian Pituitary Foundation: Pituitary Tumours Fact Sheet