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Bamate (Generic Meprobamate)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Meprobamate is used to treat anxiety disorders in adults and children older than 6 years old, as well as to temporarily relieve the symptoms of anxiety. Meprobamate belongs to the tranquillizers drug class. It functions by reducing brain activity to promote relaxation.

How should this medicine be used?

Meprobamate is available as an oral tablet. In general, youngsters take it 2 to 3 times per day, while adults take it 3 to 4 times per day. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Meprobamate should be taken as prescribed.

Avoid taking meprobamate in higher doses, more frequently, or for longer than your doctor has prescribed because it has the potential to become habit-forming. If you have been taking this drug for a while, you should not stop using it without first consulting your doctor. Your dose will likely be gradually reduced by your doctor.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking meprobamate,

  • If you have any allergies, including to meprobamate, carisoprodol, other drugs, or any of the chemicals in meprobamate tablets, notify your doctor right away. For a list of the ingredients, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products that you are now taking or intend to use. Antidepressants, drugs for anxiety, medications for mental disease, seizures, sedatives, sleeping aids, and tranquillizers should all be included. Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
  • If you have or have ever had porphyria, let your doctor know (condition in which certain natural substances build up in the body and may cause stomach pain, changes in thinking and behavior, and other symptoms). Most likely, your doctor will advise against taking meprobamate.
  • Inform your doctor if you have epilepsy, renal or liver problems, a history of drug or alcohol misuse, or any of these conditions. Additionally, let your doctor know if you ever thought about injuring, murdering, or attempting to kill yourself.
  • Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to get pregnant, or are already pregnant. Call your doctor right away if you get pregnant while taking meprobamate. The foetus could be harmed by meprobamate.
  • If you are 65 years of age or older, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of taking meprobamate with your doctor. Meprobamate is often not recommended for usage by older adults since it is less safe than alternative drugs that can be used to treat the same disease.
  • Inform the surgeon or dentist that you are taking meprobamate if you are having surgery, including dental surgery.
  • You should be aware that this medicine may cause you to feel sleepy. Prior to understanding how this drug affects you, avoid using machinery or driving a car.
  • As you receive meprobamate medication, discuss with your doctor the appropriate drinking behaviour. Meprobamate side effects can get worse after drinking alcohol.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

When you recall to take a missing dose, do not. Skip it entirely, and then take the following dose at the usual time.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Meprobamate’s adverse consequences could occur. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Headache
  • Vision alterations
  • Excitement
  • Weakness

Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Hives or scorching skin
  • Breathing or swallowing challenges
  • Chills, a sore throat, or a fever
  • Enlargement of the throat, lips, tongue, eyes, or face
  • Significant bruising or bleeding
  • Bleeding nose
  • Little purple skin patches
  • Muscular coordination loss
  • Erratic or hammering heartbeat

Other negative effects of meprobamate are possible. If you have any strange side effects while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right once.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Keep it at room temperature and away from moisture and excessive heat (not in the bathroom).

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at for additional information.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.

Overdose signs could include the following:

  • Muscular coordination loss
  • Muddled speech
  • Drowsiness

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. To monitor your response to meprobamate, your doctor will request a few lab tests.

No one else should take your medication. Meprobamate is a drug under regulation. Only a limited amount of refills are permitted for prescriptions; if you have any doubts, speak with your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Amosene®
  • Bamate®
  • Equanil®
  • Mepriam®
  • Meprospan®
  • Miltown®
  • Neuramate®
  • Tranmep®
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