Serpina is a highly effective Ayurvedic medication commonly used in the management of hypertension. It is a natural herbal supplement that helps control the blood pressure and also prevents the complications of hypertension. This medicine is also used to tackle the causes of this condition such as excessive anxiety and stress.
Indications, Benefits & Uses
The medicinal uses of this medicine are described beneath:
Serpina is the first anti-hypertensive drug prepared from only natural herbal ingredients. It is credited for its efficacy in controlling blood pressure by several research papers as well as clinical trials. It is a single-ingredient formulation used for the management of mild to moderate hypertension. The main ingredient of this medicine is Rauwolfia (sarpagandha), which is a potent anti-hypertensive agent. Its anti-hypertensive activity can be attributed to its ability to reduce the peripheral resistance, which results in a decrease in the cardiac output.
It works by depleting the peripheral noradrenaline (catecholamine) stores, which leads to a decrease in the blood pressure. Noradrenaline is a hormone produced naturally by the body. It produces a varied effect on many areas of the body, which are together termed the ‘fight or flight’ response, which determines the person’s reaction to a stressful situation.
The effects of this hormone include an increased heart rate, a sudden rise in the blood pressure, widening of the air passages in the lungs, widening of pupils, and narrowing of the blood vessels in the non-essential organs. This allows the body to perform well in a stressful situation. However, the increased peripheral noradrenaline (catecholamine) stores in the body, which can cause narrowing of the arteries resulting in hypertension. By depending on these stores, Serpin helps to bring the blood pressure back to normal.
Serpina also reduces the adrenergic tone and prevents anxiety, which is one of the major causes of hypertension. It also prevents the complications of hypertension like heart attack and stroke.
Serpina contains great anxiolytic properties, which help in controlling stress and anxiety. It reduces the adrenergic tone and thus, helps to provide relief from the symptoms of an acute episode of anxiety such as breathlessness, high blood pressure, increased heart rate, increased sweating, and suicidal thoughts. Hence, it is commonly used in the management of anxiety disorders. It controls tension and reduces stress thereby keeping the patient calm and relaxed.
How to use Serpina
The dosage of Serpina can vary depending on the blood pressure of the patient. The usual recommended dose of this medicine is one tablet to be taken once every day. These tablets can be taken with a glass of water or milk. Patients should check their blood pressure regularly while using Serpina. They can modify the dose depending on their blood pressure.
The doses should preferably be taken after food. Patients should avoid the intake of spicy and fried foods to minimize the risk of gastric side effects. The consumption of salt should be limited by the patients with hypertension to ensure a higher effectiveness of Serpina. If patients are taking any other medicine, they should keep a gap of at least half an hour between the intake of Serpina and other medicines.
Side effects of Serpina
Serpina is prepared from natural herbal ingredients. Hence, it does not cause any serious side effects. It does not contain any harmful chemicals. Hence, it is considered safe to use. However, since this medicine contains Indian snakeroot extracts, it may cause a few mild adverse effects such as nasal congestion, nausea, vomiting, loose motions, and stomach cramps. Some patients also experience drowsiness, tiredness, and dizziness while using this medicine.
But, these side effects are mild and usually associated with the usage of very high doses. Therefore, patients are advised to not increase the dose of Serpina without consulting a physician.
The use of Serpina in children should be avoided. The effect of this medicine on the fetus, when used by a pregnant woman, is not fully known. Also, there is no evidence to prove the safety of this medication when used by breastfeeding women. Hence, women should consult a doctor before using Serpina during these phases.
An allergic reaction to Serpina is possible in some cases. Patients should seek emergency medical care in case they develop the symptoms of allergy such as breathing problems, hives, chest pain, skin rash, swelling, and itchiness.
Patients having an allergy to Rauwolfia alkaloids should avoid using Serpina. This medicine is not suitable for the patients receiving electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Patients suffering from intestinal ulcers, severe depression, and suicidal tendencies should avoid using Serpina.