Determination of bromocriptine in plasma: Comparison of gas chromatography, mass fragmentography and liquid chromatography
Gas chromatographic, mass fragmentographic and liquid chromatographic techniques for the determinations of bromocriptine (2-bromo-alpha-ergocriptine; Parlodel) in human plasma are described. These methods were found to be suitable for determining concentrations of bromocriptine down to 0.5, 1.0 and 10.0 microgram/l, respectively. Accuracy, specificity and analytical capacity were satisfactory for all three methods. Gas chromatography was compared with liquid chromatography, and the two methods were demonstrated to give identical results in patients treated with bromocriptine for Parkinson's disease. Gas chromatography was also compared with mass fragmentography, and the results from these two assays were also in agreement.