What is Reserpine?Reserpine is used to treat mild hypertension (high blood pressure) and to relieve symptoms of agitated patients with mental disorders such as schizophrenia. It is also used as a combination therapy with other blood pressure medication to treat severe cases of hypertension
What is the most important information I should know about Reserpine?Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor first.
If you develop symptoms such as depression, nightmares, fainting, slow heartbeat, chest pain, swollen ankles or feet, call your doctor immediately.
Reserpine is not approved for use in children.
Who should not take Reserpine?You should not take reserpine if you are allergic to it or any of its components. You should avoid taking this medication if you have mental depression, especially with suicidal tendencies, ulcers, or are receiving electroconvulsive (ECT) therapy.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Reserpine?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with reserpine. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of depression, suicidal thoughts, seizures, or gallstones.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
High Blood Pressure
Adults: The usual starting dose is 0.5 milligrams (mg) daily for 1 to 2 weeks. If used long term, your dose may be reduced to 0.1 to 0.25 mg daily.
Adults: The usual starting dose is 0.5 mg daily, but it can range from 0.1 to 1 mg. Your dose may be changed based on how you respond to this drug.
How should I take Reserpine?Take this medication exactly as indicated by your doctor.
What should I avoid while taking Reserpine?Do not stop taking reserpine without talking to your doctor first. Abruptly stopping reserpine may increase blood pressure and cause unwanted side effects.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Reserpine?If reserpine is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining reserpine with any of the following: antidepressants, digoxin, isoproterenol, MAOIs, metaraminol, norepinephrine, phenylephrine, and quinidine.
What are the possible side effects of Reserpine?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: dizziness, loss of appetite, diarrhea, upset stomach, vomiting, stuffy nose, headache, dry mouth, decreased sexual ability
Can I receive Reserpine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of reserpine in pregnant women are not well known. Reserpine is excreted in breast milk. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Reserpine?Skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose to make up for the one you missed.
How should I store Reserpine?Store at room temperature in a dry place.