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Reserpine is a medicine used to treat high blood pressure. Reserpine is also used to relieve symptoms of agitation in people with mental disorders (such as schizophrenia).
How does this medication work?
Reserpine works by slowing the activity of the nervous system, causing the heartbeat to slow and the blood vessels to relax.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: By lowering your blood pressure, reserpine may lower your risk of a stroke or a heart attack.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider’s directions. It is important that you take reserpine exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You may notice an improvement in your symptoms once you start treatment with reserpine. This is a good indicator that your medicine is working.
Your healthcare provider may also check your blood pressure at every visit. Following an appropriate diet and exercise plan will also affect your blood pressure results.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, fainting, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, headache, weight gain, increased pressure in your eye, rash.
Less common side effects may include:
Mental depression, with symptoms such as loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, or an inability to achieve and maintain an erection.
Do not take reserpine if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not take reserpine if you have depression or a history of depression (especially with suicidal thoughts or behaviors).
Do not take reserpine if you have an ulcer in your stomach or intestines, or ulcerative colitis (an inflammatory disease of the large intestine).
Do not take reserpine if you are receiving electric shock therapy.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with reserpine. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney problems; a history of ulcers, ulcerative colitis, gallstones, or depression; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
High Blood Pressure
Adults: The usual starting dose is 0.5 milligrams (mg) a day, for 1 or 2 weeks.
Adults: The usual starting dose is 0.5 mg a day.
Your healthcare provider may adjust your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
Take reserpine exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Do not change your dose or stop taking reserpine without first talking to your healthcare provider.
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 healthcare provider before combining reserpine with the following: amphetamine, certain antidepressants (such as phenelzine or amitriptyline), digoxin, phenylephrine, or quinidine.
The effects of reserpine during pregnancy are unknown. Reserpine can be found in your breast milk if you take it while breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while you are taking reserpine. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
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.
Store at room temperature. Protect from moisture.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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