Reserpine is used in treatment of high blood pressure. It is also used to treat agitation associated with mental problems.
How it works
Reserpine belongs to a class of medicines called rauwolfia alkaloids. It works by slowing the activity of the nervous system, thereby slowing down the heartbeat and allowing the blood vessels to relax.
Common side effects
Dizziness, Drowsiness, Dry mouth, Headache, Muscle pain, Nose bleed, Nasal congestion, Nausea
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- 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
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.