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Meprobamate is a medicine used for the short-term relief of anxiety.
Meprobamate is a federally controlled substance because it has abuse potential.
How does this medication work?
Meprobamate is thought to work by acting in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: When used for a short-term, meprobamate may help to relieve your symptoms of anxiety.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take meprobamate exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You may feel a relief in your symptoms. This is a good indication that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may also ask you questions to assess how well this medication is working.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
Side effects may include: drowsiness, problems with coordination, slurred speech, weakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate, allergic reactions (itching, rash, redness).
Do not take meprobamate if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or to similar medications (such as carisoprodol, mebutamate, tybamate, or carbromal).
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with meprobamate. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver or kidney problems, seizures, consume a lot of alcohol, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: The usual dose is 1200-1600 milligrams (mg) daily, taken in 3-4 divided doses.
Children 6-12 years: The usual dose is 200-600 mg daily, taken in 2-3 divided doses.
It is important that you do not stop taking this medication abruptly. If you need to change or stop taking this medication, it is important that you only do this with the guidance of your healthcare provider.
Take meprobamate exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking meprobamate without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Do not drive a car, operate heavy machinery, or engage in other dangerous activities until you know how meprobamate affects you.
Do not drink alcohol or take any over-the-counter or prescription medications that can cause drowsiness without first talking to your healthcare provider.
No significant interactions have been reported with meprobamate at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Do not take meprobamate if you are in the early stages of your pregnancy. The effects of meprobamate during the late stages of pregnancy are unknown. Meprobamate can be found in your breast milk if you take it while breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of meprobamate, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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