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Drug

Meprobamate

Pronounced

"meh-PRO-buh-mate"

Uses

This medication is used short-term to treat symptoms of anxiety and nervousness. It acts on certain centers of the brain to help calm your nervous system.

How to Use This Medication

Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually 2 to 4 times daily or as directed by your doctor.

Dosage is based on your age, medical condition, and response to treatment. Adults should not take more than 2400 milligrams in a 24-hour period.

Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and the risk of serious side effects may be increased.

If you suddenly stop using this medication, you may have withdrawal symptoms (such as vomiting, shakiness, confusion, and rarely seizures). To help prevent withdrawal, your doctor may lower your dose slowly. Withdrawal is more likely if you have used meprobamate for a long time or in high doses. Tell your doctor or pharmacist right away if you have withdrawal.

When this medication is used for a long time, it may not work as well. Your doctor may need to increase your dose or change your medication. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.

Though it helps many people, this medication may sometimes cause addiction. This risk may be higher if you have a substance use disorder (such as overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol). Take this medication exactly as prescribed to lower the risk of addiction. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

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