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  • Generic Name: (meprobamate)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 06/2014
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Meprobamate is a medicine used for the short-term relief of anxiety.

      Meprobamate is a federally controlled substance because it has abuse potential.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      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.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      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).

    • Who should not take this medication?

      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).

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      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.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      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.

    • How should I take this medication?

      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.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      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.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      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.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      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.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      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.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      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

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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