What is Meprobamate?Meprobamate is a medicine used to manage anxiety disorders or for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms.
What is the most important information I should know about Meprobamate?Meprobamate can cause physical or psychological dependence which can lead to abuse. If you suddenly stop using meprobamate after prolonged or excessive use, you can experience anxiety, loss of appetite, lack of sleep, vomiting, muscle twitching, hallucinations, and tremors.
Meprobamate can affect your mental or physical abilities. Do not drive a car or operate dangerous machinery until you know how this medication affects you.
Who should not take Meprobamate?Do not use meprobamate if you have porphyria (a blood disorder).
Do not take meprobamate if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or any related medications such as carisoprodol, mebutamate, tybamate, or carbromal.
Do not take meprobamate if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Meprobamate?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with meprobamate. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have porphyria, liver or kidney problems, or seizures. Also, tell your doctor 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 doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The usual dose is 1200-1600 milligrams (mg) a day in 3-4 divided doses.
Children 6-12 years: The usual dose is 200-600 mg a day in 2-3 divided doses.
How should I take Meprobamate?Take meprobamate as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take extra doses or take it more often without asking your doctor.
What should I avoid while taking Meprobamate?Do not drink alcohol while you are taking meprobamate.
Do not take antipsychotic medications (such as haloperidol) or central nervous system (CNS) depressants (such as alprazolam or fluoxetine) while you are taking meprobamate.
Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how meprobamate affects you.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Meprobamate?If meprobamate is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining meprobamate with the following: alcohol, antipsychotics or CNS depressants.
What are the possible side effects of Meprobamate?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: allergic reactions, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, excitement, headache, impaired speech or vision, low red or white blood cell counts, nausea, palpitations, rapid heartbeat, syncope (fainting), vertigo (spinning feeling), vomiting, weakness
Can I receive Meprobamate if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Do not take meprobamate if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Meprobamate can cause harm to your baby. Meprobamate can pass the placenta and can be found in breast milk. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Meprobamate?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 Meprobamate?Store at room temperature.