Generic Name: Reserpine

  • What is Reserpine?

    Reserpine is a medicine used alone to treat mild high blood pressure or in combination with other medications for severe high blood pressure. Reserpine is also used to relieve symptoms of agitated patients with mental disorders such as schizophrenia.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Reserpine?

    Take reserpine regularly and continuously as directed by your doctor. Do not stop taking reserpine without talking to your doctor first.

    Reserpine can cause mental depression. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop symptoms of depression (such as difficulty sleeping, feelings of loss of hope, feelings of low self-esteem, loss of appetite, or sexual dysfunction). Depression caused by reserpine can last for several months after stopping the medication.

    Reserpine is not recommended for use in children.

  • Who should not take Reserpine?

    Do not take reserpine if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • 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, kidney problems, gallstones, ulcers, or ulcerative colitis (inflammatory disease of the large intestine).

  • 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) once a day for one or two weeks. If you use it for long-term treatment, your dose may be reduced to 0.1-0.25 mg once a day.

    Mental Disorders

    Adults: The usual starting dose is 0.5 mg once a day, but can range from 0.1-1 mg once a day.

    Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your condition.

  • How should I take Reserpine?

    Take reserpine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take extra doses or take more often without asking your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Reserpine?

    Do not stop taking reserpine without talking to your doctor first. If you abruptly stop taking reserpine, your blood pressure may increase and it can 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: antidepressant medications known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) (such as phenelzine) or other antidepressants (such as fluoxetine), digoxin, epinephrine, isoproterenol, metaraminol, norepinephrine, phenylephrine, or 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: depression, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, glaucoma (high pressure in the eye), headache, loss of appetite, nightmares, rash, sexual dysfunction, stuffy nose, upset stomach, vomiting

  • Can I receive Reserpine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of reserpine during pregnancy are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are taking reserpine. 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?

    If you miss a dose of reserpine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Reserpine?

    Store at room temperature.