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IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

  • MEPROBAMATE – ORAL (meh-PRO-buh-mate)
  • NOM(S) DE MARQUE COMMUN(S) – Equanil

LES USAGES: This medication is used short-term to treat symptoms of anxiety and nervousness. It acts on certain centers of the brain to help calm your nervous system.


  • Prendre

    Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually 2 to 4 times daily or as directed by your doctor.

  • Dosage

    Dosage is based on your age, medical condition, and response to treatment. Adults should not take more than 2400 milligrams in a 24-hour period.

  • Take this medication

    Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and the risk of serious side effects may be increased.

  • Using this medication

    If you suddenly stop using this medication, you may have withdrawal symptoms (such as vomiting, shakiness, confusion, and rarely seizures). To help prevent withdrawal, your doctor may lower your dose slowly. Withdrawal is more likely if you have used meprobamate for a long time or in high doses. Tell your doctor or pharmacist right away if you have withdrawal.

  • Medication is used for a long time

    When this medication is used for a long time, it may not work as well. Your doctor may need to increase your dose or change your medication. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.

  • Cause addiction

    Though it helps many people, this medication may sometimes cause addiction. This risk may be higher if you have a substance use disorder (such as overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol). Take this medication exactly as prescribed to lower the risk of addiction. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

  • Médecin

    Dites à votre médecin si votre état persiste ou se détériore.


Drowsiness, dizziness, headache, excitement, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

N'oubliez pas que votre médecin vous a prescrit ce médicament car il a jugé que le bénéfice pour vous est supérieur au risque d'effets secondaires. De nombreuses personnes utilisant ce médicament n'ont pas d'effets secondaires graves.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: numbness/tingling/swelling of arms/legs.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: fast/irregular heartbeat, fainting, signs of infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat), easy bruising/bleeding, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine), unusual tiredness.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

Ce n'est pas une liste complète des effets secondaires possibles. Si vous remarquez d'autres effets non mentionnés ci-dessus, contactez votre médecin ou votre pharmacien.

In the UK – Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Au Royaume-Uni - Appelez votre médecin pour obtenir des conseils médicaux sur les effets secondaires.


Before taking meprobamate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to carisoprodol, mebutamate, tybamate, or carbromal; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

  • Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: a certain liver/blood disorder (porphyria), kidney disease, liver disease, brain disorders (such as seizures, brain damage), personal or family history of a substance use disorder (such as overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol).
  • This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).
  • Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially drowsiness and addiction. Drowsiness can increase the risk of falling.
  • Pendant la grossesse, ce médicament ne doit être utilisé qu'en cas de nécessité absolue. Discutez des risques et des avantages avec votre médecin.
  • Ce médicament passe dans le lait maternel et peut avoir des effets indésirables sur le nourrisson. Consultez votre médecin avant d'allaiter.


Les interactions médicamenteuses peuvent modifier le mode d'action de vos médicaments ou augmenter votre risque d'effets secondaires graves. Ce document ne contient pas toutes les interactions médicamenteuses possibles. Gardez une liste de tous les produits que vous utilisez (y compris les médicaments sur ordonnance ou en vente libre et les produits à base de plantes) et partagez-la avec votre médecin et votre pharmacien. Ne commencez pas, n'arrêtez pas ou ne modifiez pas la posologie de tout médicament sans l'approbation de votre médecin.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products that cause drowsiness, including alcohol, marijuana (cannabis), antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine), drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants (such as carisoprodol), and narcotic pain relievers (such as codeine).

Vérifiez les étiquettes de tous vos médicaments (tels que les produits contre les allergies ou contre la toux et le rhume) car ils peuvent contenir des ingrédients qui provoquent de la somnolence. Demandez à votre pharmacien sur l'utilisation de ces produits en toute sécurité.


If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. United Kingdom residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: clumsiness, slurred speech, severe dizziness/drowsiness, or slow/shallow breathing.

REMARQUES: Do not share this medication with others. Sharing it is against the law.

Keep all medical appointments. Your doctor will periodically monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.


If you are taking this on a regular schedule and you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.


Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. See packaging or consult your pharmacist for the exact temperature range. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Ne jetez pas les médicaments dans les toilettes ou ne les versez pas dans un drain à moins d'y être invité. Jeter correctement ce produit lorsqu'il est périmé ou qu'il n'est plus nécessaire. Consultez votre pharmacien ou votre entreprise locale d'élimination des déchets pour plus de détails sur la façon de jeter votre produit en toute sécurité.

Information last revised April 2019. Copyright(c) 2019 First Databank, Inc.