Reserpine, a monoamine-depleting agent.
Reserpine, a monoamine-depleting agent.

Monoamine-depleting agents are a group of drugs which reversibly deplete one or more monoamine neurotransmitters.[1][2] One mechanism by which these agents act is by inhibiting reuptake by the vesicular monoamine transporters, VMAT1 and VMAT2.[2][3] Examples of monoamine-depleting agents include deutetrabenazine, oxypertine, reserpine, tetrabenazine, and valbenazine.[1][2][3]


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