Reserpine

Reserpine treats high blood pressure. This medication should not be used in patients with certain gastrointestinal problems or depression.

Reserpine Overview

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Reserpine is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure. Reserpine belongs to a group of drugs called rauwolfia alkaloids. These work by slowing the activity of the nervous system, resulting in decreased heart rate and lowering of blood pressure. 

This medication comes in an oral (by mouth) tablet and is usually taken once daily, with or without food. 

Common side effects of reserpine include vomiting, diarrhea, and headache.

Reserpine can also cause drowsiness and dizziness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how reserpine affects you.

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Uses of Reserpine

Reserpine is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure. 

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

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Side Effects of Reserpine

Serious side effects have been reported with reserpine. See the "Reserpine Precautions" section.

Common side effects of reserpine include the following:

  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • dry mouth

This is not a complete list of reserpine side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.