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Brand Names: Equanil, Miltown

Generic Name: meprobamate (Pronunciation: meh pro BA mate)

What is meprobamate (Equanil, Miltown)?

Meprobamate affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety.

Meprobamate is used to relieve anxiety, nervousness, and tension associated with anxiety disorders.

Meprobamate may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

Meprobamate 200 mg-WAT

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Meprobamate 400 mg-URL

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Meprobamate 400 mg-WAT

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What are the possible side effects of meprobamate (Equanil, Miltown)?

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking meprobamate and seek emergency medical attention:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, face, or tongue; or hives);
  • fast or irregular heartbeats;
  • abnormal behavior;
  • fever;
  • a skin rash; or
  • a sore throat.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take meprobamate and talk to your doctor if you experience

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about meprobamate (Equanil, Miltown)?

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Meprobamate may cause drowsiness, dizziness, and blurred vision. If you experience drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision, avoid these activities.

Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while you are taking meprobamate.

Do not stop taking meprobamate suddenly if you have been taking it for several weeks. Stopping suddenly may cause withdrawal symptoms and make you uncomfortable. Talk to your doctor if you need to stop treatment with meprobamate.

Notify your doctor if you develop a fever, a skin rash, or a sore throat.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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