What is the most important information I should know about meprobamate?
Use only as directed. Tell your doctor if you use other medicines or have other medical conditions or allergies.
What is meprobamate?
Meprobamate is used short-term to treat anxiety.
Meprobamate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking meprobamate?
You should not use meprobamate if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
- porphyria (a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system); or
- an allergy to carisoprodol, mebutamate, tybamate, or carbromal.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
- kidney disease;
- liver disease; or
- alcoholism or drug addiction.
May harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if you become pregnant.
Ask a doctor if it is safe to breastfeed while using this medicine.
Not approved for use by anyone younger than 6 years old.
How should I take meprobamate?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Meprobamate may be habit-forming. Misuse can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Never share this medicine with another person. Keep the medicine where others cannot get to it. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law.
Your doctor will need to check your progress on a regular basis.
You may have withdrawal symptoms if you stop using meprobamate suddenly after using it long term or at high doses. Ask your doctor before stopping the medicine.
Store tightly closed at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep your medicine in a place where no one can use it improperly.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness or dizziness, loss of coordination, slurred speech, weak or shallow breathing, fainting, or coma.
What should I avoid while taking meprobamate?
Drinking alcohol with this medicine can cause side effects.
Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine will affect you. Your reactions could be impaired.
What are the possible side effects of meprobamate?
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction (hives, fever, chills, wheezing, difficult breathing, swelling in your face or throat) or a severe skin reaction (fever, sore throat, burning eyes, skin pain, red or purple skin rash with blistering and peeling).
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- feelings of extreme happiness, feeling restless or excited;
- thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself;
- fast or pounding heartbeats;
- a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
- swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet;
- a red, itchy rash (may be only in your groin area);
- unusual bruising; or
- sudden fever, chills, sore throat, weakness.
Common side effects may include:
- drowsiness, weakness;
- problems with balance or muscle movement;
- headache, dizziness;
- numbness or tingling;
- blurred vision; or
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect meprobamate?
Using meprobamate with other drugs that make you drowsy can worsen this effect. Ask your doctor before using opioid medication, a sleeping pill, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety or seizures.
Other drugs may affect meprobamate, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about meprobamate.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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