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 (rĭ-sûr′pēn′, -pĭn, rĕs′ər-pĭn, -pēn′, rĕz′-)
A drug, C33H40N2O9, isolated from the roots of certain species of rauwolfia and used as an antihypertensive.

[German Reserpin, from shortening and alteration of New Latin Rauvolfia serpentīna, species of snakeroot : rauwolfia + Late Latin serpentīna, feminine of serpentīnus, serpentine; see serpentine.]
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(Pharmacology) an insoluble alkaloid, extracted from the roots of the plant Rauwolfia serpentina, used medicinally to lower blood pressure and as a sedative and tranquillizer. Its main adverse effect is mental depression. Formula: C33H40N2O9
[C20: from German Reserpin, probably from the New Latin name of the plant]
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(rəˈsɜr pɪn, -pin)

an alkaloid, C33H40N2O9, obtained from the root of the rauwolfia, Rauwolfia serpentina, used in the treatment of hypertension.
[1950–55; < German Reserpin=reserp- (probably irreg. < New Latin Rauwolfia serpentina (Rauwolfia rauwolfia + Late Latin serpentīna, feminine of serpentīnus serpentine1)) + German -in -ine2]
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Noun1.reserpine - antihypertensive consisting of an alkaloid extracted from the plant Rauwolfia serpentina (trade names Raudixin or Rau-Sed or Sandril or Serpasil)
antihypertensive, antihypertensive drug - a drug that reduces high blood pressure
rauwolfia - any of several alkaloids extracted from the shrub Rauwolfia serpentina
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n reserpina
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"The CYP2D6 inhibitor ajmalicine is a member of the reserpine family of alkaloids, found in the plant Rauwolfia serpentine and was long used in India for treating mental illness, such as paranoia and schizophrenia," said Avadhani.
"Decades ago, physicians became aware that a medication to treat high blood pressure, reserpine, could cause severe depression.
severe aphasia), stroke survivors on antihypertensives (like methyldopa and reserpine) that could precipitate depression and those with chronic debilitating medical conditions besides hypertension and uncomplicated diabetes.
Reserpine Increases BDNF and PCNA Expression, but Decreases Caspase-3, in Rat Interstitial Cells (Leydig Cells)
With the advent of pharmacotherapy like lithium in mania; chlorpromazine and reserpine in psychosis and imipramine in depression9 the rate of administration of ECT per admission in UK decreased annually from 35% in 1956 to 2.2% in 1991 and onwards8.
The control group received normal saline (1 mg/kg, i.p.) and the reserpinized group received reserpine (5 mg kg, i.p.) 18 hours before the behavioral test.
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Briefly, mice with a rectal temperature of 36-38[degrees]C were used and randomly divided into six groups: control, reserpine (2.0 mg/kg i.p.), fluoxetine hydrochloride (15 mg/kg i.g.), curcumin (15 mg/kg i.g.), and thermoreversible gel (0.18 mg/kg, 0.36 mg/kg, and 0.72 mg/kg of curcumin via intranasal administration).
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He notes, for example, that Hemingway's hypertension medicine, Reserpine, "was later shown to have significant depressive effects." Additionally, Hemingway's physician in Cuba had him on a "daily cocktail of Wychol, Ritalin, Serpasil, Equanil, and Seconal--in addition to the Reserpine." One of Hemingway's later Mayo Clinic doctors noted Ritalin and Serpasil exacerbated Hemingway's depression (242).