Effect of bromocriptine-QR on glycemic control in subjects with uncontrolled hyperglycemia on one or two oral anti-diabetes agents

Endocr Pract. Nov-Dec 2012;18(6):931-43. doi: 10.4158/EP12187.OR.


Objective: To investigate the effect of Bromocriptine-QR on glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes whose glycemia is poorly controlled on one or two oral anti-diabetes agents.

Methods: Five hundred fifteen Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) subjects (ages 18 to 80 and average body mass index [BMI] of 32.7) with baseline HbA1c ≥ 7.5 and on one or two oral anti-diabetes (OAD) medications (metformin, sulfonylurea, and/or thiazolidinediones) were randomized 2:1 to bromocriptine-QR (1.6 to 4.8 mg/day) or placebo for a 24 week treatment period. Study investigators were allowed to adjust, if necessary, subject anti-diabetes medications during the study to attempt to achieve glycemic control in case of glycemic deterioration. The impact of bromocriptine-QR treatment intervention on glycemic control was assessed in subjects on any one or two OADs (ALL treatment category) (N = 515), or on metformin with or without another OAD (Met/OAD treatment category) (N = 356), or on metformin plus a sulfonylurea (Met/SU treatment category) (N = 245) 1) by examining the between group difference in change from baseline a) concomitant OAD medication changes during the study, and b) HbA1c and 2) by determining the odds of reaching HbA1c of ≤ 7.0% on bromocriptine-QR versus placebo.

Results: Significantly more patients (approximately 1.5 to 2-fold more; P<.05) intensified concomitant anti-diabetes medication therapy during the study in the placebo versus the bromocriptine-QR arm. In subjects that did not change the intensity of the baseline diabetes therapy (72%), and that were on any one or two OADs (ALL), or on metformin with or without another OAD (Met/OAD), or on metformin plus sulfonylurea (Met/SU), the HbA1c change for bromocriptine-QR versus placebo was -0.47 versus +0.22 (between group delta of -0.69, P<.0001), -0.55 versus +0.26 (between group delta of -0.81, P<.0001) and -0.63 versus +0.20 (between group delta of -0.83, P<.0001) respectively, after 24 weeks on therapy. The odds ratio of reaching HbA1c of ≤ 7.0% was 6.50, 12.03 and 11.45 (P<.0002) for these three groups, respectively.

Conclusion: In T2DM subjects whose hyperglycemia is poorly controlled on one or two oral agents, bromocriptine-QR therapy for 24 weeks can provide significant added improvement in glycemic control relative to adding placebo.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism*
  • Bromocriptine / therapeutic use*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / blood
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / drug therapy*
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Female
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A / metabolism
  • Hormone Antagonists / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Hyperglycemia / blood
  • Hyperglycemia / drug therapy*
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Metformin / therapeutic use
  • Middle Aged
  • Sulfonylurea Compounds / therapeutic use
  • Treatment Failure
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult


  • Blood Glucose
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A
  • Hormone Antagonists
  • Hypoglycemic Agents
  • Sulfonylurea Compounds
  • Bromocriptine
  • Metformin