Brand Names: No Brand Name
Generic Name: reserpine
- What is reserpine?
- What are the possible side effects of reserpine?
- What is the most important information I should know about reserpine?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking reserpine?
- How should I take reserpine?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking reserpine?
- What other drugs will affect reserpine?
- Where can I get more information?
What is reserpine?
Reserpine is also used to treat agitated psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia.
Reserpine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of reserpine?
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Some people taking reserpine have developed depression. Stop taking reserpine and call your doctor right away if you have:
- unusual changes in mood or behavior;
- sudden lack of energy or feelings of low self-worth;
- loss of interest in things you once enjoyed;
- new sleep problems, such as nightmares or early morning insomnia; or
- thoughts about hurting yourself.
Keep taking reserpine but call your doctor at once if you have:
- chest pain, slow heartbeats, trouble breathing;
- swelling in your hands or feet;
- a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
- painful or difficult urination;
- vision or hearing problems; or
- uncontrolled muscle movements or tremors.
Common side effects may include:
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite;
- headache, dizziness, drowsiness;
- breast tenderness or swelling;
- itching or rash;
- stuffy nose, nosebleeds;
- weight gain; or
- impotence, decreased interest in sex.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about reserpine?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking reserpine?
You should not use reserpine if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
- a history of depression;
- a history of suicidal thoughts or actions;
- a stomach ulcer;
- ulcerative colitis; or
- a condition for which you are being treated with electroconvulsive (shock) therapy.
To make sure reserpine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while taking reserpine.
Reserpine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
Reserpine is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
How should I take reserpine?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using reserpine. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medicine even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medicine for the rest of your life.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include redness or warmth under your skin, tingly feeling, diarrhea, feeling light-headed, shallow breathing, weak pulse, slow heartbeats, pinpoint pupils, extreme drowsiness, or loss of consciousness.
What should I avoid while taking reserpine?
This medicine may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.
Drinking alcohol with this medicine can cause side effects.
What other drugs will affect reserpine?
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:
- any other blood pressure medication;
- cough or cold medicine that contains a decongestant such as phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine;
- diet pills, stimulants, or ADHD medication;
- an antidepressant--amitriptyline, clomipramine, desipramine, doxepin, imipramine, nortriptyline, protriptyline, trimipramine;
- heart medication--digoxin, digitalis, quinidine; or
- an MAO inhibitor--isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with reserpine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about reserpine.
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