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Meprobamate

Uses

This drug is used for a brief period of time to treat anxiety disorders or anxiety symptoms.

IUPAC name: [2-(carbamoyl oxy methyl)-2-methylpentyl] carbamate

Drug class: Sedative-hypnotics; Anxiolytics (Anti-anxiety drugs)

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Route of administration: Oral

Is it a drug that needs a prescription? YES

Is it an OTC drug? NO

Mechanism of action

Meprobamate works by boosting the effects of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), a chemical messenger (neurotransmitter), which relaxes the brain, decreases anxiety and helps to calm your Central Nervous System.

Side effects

It may cause dizziness, drowsiness, diarrhea, vision changes, lightheadedness, restlessness, confusion, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, fainting, sore throat, lack of coordination, abnormal heart rate, rash/itching, problem in breathing.

Precautions

Before using this medication, take the following precautions and notify your doctor:

If you are allergic to it, or if you have other allergies,

If you are taking any other medication (prescribed, non-prescribed, or herbal products),

When you have a history of liver disease, kidney disease, breathing problems, porphyria, drug abuse,

If you have undergone any type of surgery,

Limit your alcohol usage since it increases your chances of developing blurred vision, dizziness, or drowsiness. It may also cause a loss of alertness.

The side effects of this drug may be more severe among older adults (above 65).

Use of this medication should be avoided during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

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