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By Barbara Forney, VMD
Last reviewed: 7/13/2022
Commonly prescribed for: Long-acting Tranquilizer
Therapeutic Class: Psychotropic Agent
Reserpine is a naturally occurring drug that has been used for centuries in India. It is extracted from the root of Rauwolfia serpentina or Rauwolfia vomitoria plants found there and in Africa. In traditional herbal medicine, the root was brewed as a tea and used in humans to treat hypertension, insanity, snakebite, and cholera. The purified alkaloid, reserpine, was isolated in 1952 and is considered the first modern drug to treat hypertension. Reserpine irreversibly binds to the storage vesicles of neurotransmitters, particularly norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine. Eventually, catecholamine depletion occurs because of the body's inability to store these neurotransmitters. It is an unusual drug; it takes many hours or days to reach full effect and continues to have some subtle sedating effects for many days after the last dose.
We can let your veterinarian know that you are interested in our compounded Reserpine.
Dosage options starting at $0.25 per dose
Chewable oral tablets in a refreshing mint flavor that may appeal to horses.
Flavored, dry oral dosage form, ideal for mixing in food.
Flavored oral dry dosage form, ideal for mixing in food, packaged in individual packets.
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