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Reserpine

INFORMATION

Uses

Reserpine is used in the treatment of increased blood pressure .

How it works

Reserpine controls nerve activity along certain nerve pathways. As a result, they act on the heart and blood vessels to lower blood pressure.

Common side effects

Dizziness, Drowsiness, Dry mouth, Headache, Muscle pain, Nose bleed, Nasal congestion, Nausea

AVAILABLE MEDICINE

No medicine available

Expert advice

  • Inform your doctor if you have any of the following conditions: history of peptic ulcers, gallstones, or ulcerative colitis, kidney problems or are planning to undergo any surgical procedures.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery as reserpine may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, or light-headedness.
  • Do not drink alcohol while taking reserpine as it may worsen the side effects.
  • You may experience dizziness or fainting while using reserpine, especially in the morning. To prevent such symptoms, sit up or stand slowly.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you develop the signs of depression (feelings of decreased self-worth, loss of appetite, trouble in sleeping, decrease in sexual ability or interest).
  • Avoid becoming overheated during exercise or in hot weather as reserpine may cause heatstroke.
  • Use of reserpine is not recommended in children.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions

Reserpine

Q.Is reserpine a beta blocker/ antidepressant?
Reserpine is an antipsychotic and antihypertensive drug. It is not a beta blocker or an antidepressant drug

Q.Does reserpine cause depression?
Yes. Reserpine is known to cause depression. Consult your doctor immediately if you develop if you develop the signs of depression (feelings of decreased self-worth, loss of appetite, trouble in sleeping, decrease in sexual ability or interest)

Q.Where does reserpine come from?
Reserpine comes from the dried root of Rauwolfia serpentine.


Content on this page was last updated on 24 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)