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Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.



COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Equanil, Miltown


This medication is used to relieve nervousness and tension.

How To Use

Take with food or milk if stomach upset occurs. Take exactly as prescribed. Do not increase your dose or take more often than prescribed. Tolerance may develop to this medication making it less effective with prolonged use. Do not stop taking this medication without your doctor's approval. Your dose may have to be gradually decreased if you have been taking it for some time.

Side Effects

This medication causes drowsiness and dizziness. Other side effects may include stomach upset, blurred vision, headache, impaired coordination, nausea, vomiting, or unusual tiredness or weakness. Notify your doctor if you develop: rapid/pounding/irregular heartbeat, sore throat, fever, unusual bleeding or bruising, trembling, trouble sleeping, nightmares or increased dreaming. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Before taking meprobamate, tell your doctor if you have: epilepsy, kidney or liver problems, drug allergies. Alcohol increases drowsiness. Limit alcohol intake. Use caution while engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery. Elderly persons are usually more sensitive to the effects of this medication. Use cautiously. Meprobamate is not recommended for use during pregnancy, especially during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using this drug. Meprobamate is excreted into breast milk and may cause sedation of the nursing infant. Breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Before using this drug tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially of: medications used for depression, cough-and-cold remedies, sleep aids, narcotic analgesics (e.g., codeine), tranquilizers, anti-seizure drugs, alcohol consumption. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include drowsiness, sluggishness, and loss of muscle coordination.


Do not share this medication with others.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.


Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture.