What should I know about Meprobamate before taking it?

Before taking meprobamate you should know that:

  • You should not use this medication if you have had an allergic reaction to it in the past.
  • This medication can cause dizziness and drowsiness. Alcohol can intensify these effects, so use caution if you drink alcohol while taking meprobamate.
  • Meprobamate can cause blurry vision (along with dizziness and drowsiness), so be sure not to drive until you know how meprobamate affects you.
  • You should not suddenly stop taking this medication, as you may experience withdrawal symptoms. Follow your doctors advice for gradually stopping treatment.
  • You may not be able to take meprobamate if you have liver or kidney disease, a seizure disorder, porphyria or a history of substance abuse. 
  • You should consult your doctor before taking meprobamate if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. 
  • People over 60 years of age may experience more significant side effects. If you are in this age group, ask your doctor if a lower dose or special monitoring is needed. 
  • Meprobamate should not be taken by children under six years of age.
  • The following drugs can have harmful interactions with meprobamate: sedatives and tranquilizers, other anxiety medicines, pain medications, muscle relaxers, alcohol, antihistamines and antidepressants. Tell your doctor about any medications, vitamins, or nutritional supplements you are taking before taking meprobamate.

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