Generic name: Reserpine [ re-SER-peen ]
Drug class: Antiadrenergic agents, peripherally acting
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jan 6, 2023.
Uses of Reserpine:
- It is used to treat high blood pressure.
- It is used to treat schizophrenia.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Reserpine?
- If you have an allergy to reserpine or any other part of reserpine.
- If you are allergic to reserpine; any part of reserpine; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have any of these health problems: Ulcerative colitis or ulcer disease.
- If you have or have ever had depression or thoughts of suicide.
- If you are getting electroconvulsive shock therapy (ECT).
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with reserpine.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take reserpine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Reserpine?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take reserpine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how reserpine affects you.
- To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down. Be careful going up and down stairs.
- If you are allergic to tartrazine, talk with your doctor. Some products have tartrazine.
- Check blood pressure and heart rate as the doctor has told you.
- Depression has happened with reserpine. This may last for a few months after reserpine is stopped. It may also be bad enough to lead to thoughts of suicide. Talk with your doctor.
- Be careful in hot weather or while being active. Drink lots of fluids to stop fluid loss.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using reserpine while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Reserpine) best taken?
Use reserpine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take with or without food.
- Keep taking reserpine as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of depression, thoughts of suicide, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
- Chest pain or pressure.
- Enlarged breasts.
- Breast soreness.
- Not able to sleep.
- Not able to get or keep an erection.
- Lowered interest in sex.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Hearing loss.
- Change in eyesight.
- Not hungry.
- Bad dreams.
- Slow heartbeat.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Shortness of breath.
- Trouble controlling body movements.
- Very nervous and excitable.
- Pain when passing urine.
What are some other side effects of Reserpine?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling sleepy.
- Dry mouth.
- Muscle pain.
- Stuffy nose.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Weight gain.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Reserpine?
- Store at room temperature.
- Protect from light.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about reserpine, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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