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Meprobamate - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Meprobamate

Generic Name : Meprobamate
Pronunciation : me proe ba' mate
Latest prescription information about Meprobamate. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y47.5 | Therapeutic Classification : Anxiolytics, Sedatives And Hypnotics
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Meprobamate

International- Equagesic, Meprobamate.
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Why is Meprobamate Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a tranquilizer, prescribed for anxiety and tenseness. It works by affecting certain areas of the brain.
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When should Meprobamate not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with blood disease porphyria, and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Meprobamate?

PO- The usual adult daily dosage is 1200 mg to 1600 mg, in three or four divided doses. Maximum: 2400mg/day.
Child- Less than 6 years- The usual daily dose is 200 mg to 600 mg, in two or three divided doses.

How should Meprobamate be taken?

It comes as a tablet and capsule to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Meprobamate?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of kidney, liver disease, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, porphyria, epilepsy, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may cause drowsiness or dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

Avoid alcohol consumption.

Avoid abrupt withdrawal.

What are the side effects of Meprobamate?

   Central Nervous System : Drowsiness, incoordination, dizziness, slurred speech, headache, fainting, weakness, tingling, impairment of visual accommodation, emotion, over stimulation, excitement and fast EEG activity.
   Gastrointestinal : Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
   Heart : Palpitations, fast heart rate, abnormal heart rhythm, low blood pressure and transient ECG changes.

What are the other precautions for Meprobamate?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Meprobamate?

Store it at controlled room temperature (15-30C), and in an airtight container.

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Narcotic and Psychotropic drugs which cannot be sold without the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner.



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