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General Information on Reserpine

Generic Name : Reserpine

Pronunciation : re ser' peen

Latest prescription information about Reserpine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y52.5 | Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Hypertensives

Trade Names/Brand Names of Reserpine

Why is Reserpine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antihypertensive and antipsychotic, prescribed for high blood pressure.  It is also used to treat severe agitation in patients with mental disorders. It works by decreasing the amounts of certain chemicals in the brain.

When should Reserpine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity, mental depression, active peptic ulcer and patients receiving electroconvulsive (ECT or shock) therapy.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Reserpine?

Adult: PO- HTN- Upto 500 mcg/day for about 2 week, subsequently reduce to lowest dose if needed. Maintenance: 100-250 mcg/day. Max: 500 mcg/day.

How should Reserpine be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Reserpine?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of kidney disease, gallstones, ulcers, ulcerative colitis, depression, electric shock therapy, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, or lightheadedness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid alcohol consumption.
Do not become overheated in hot weather; otherwise heatstroke may occur.

What are the side effects of Reserpine?

   Central Nervous System : Drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness, fainting and lightheadedness.
  Gastrointestinal : Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach/abdominal pain and black-colored stools.
  Heart : Slow heartbeat and chest pain.
   ENT : Stuffy nose.
   Miscellaneous : Shortness of breath, swelling of ankles/feet, unexplained/sudden weight gain, enlarged breasts (in males) and unusual breast discharge (in females).

What are the other precautions for Reserpine?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Reserpine?

Store it at room temperature.

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