Meprobamate is a tranquilizer medication that is prescribed to patients who are suffering from anxiety and other disorders which produce nervousness and panic attacks. The purpose of meprobamate is for short-term relief by slowing the activity in the brain to allow the person to relax.
In general, the prescription asks for the patient to only take it when they are feeling especially anxious or nervous, rather than consistently before any symptoms start. However many individuals are taking this drug more often and in larger doses than required who desire to feel the relaxing and often euphoric effects.
Some of the brand names that meprobamate is available under include MB-TAB, Equanil, Miltown and Trancot as well as being used in combination with other drugs for the medication Equagesic and Stopayne. Meprobamate is prescribed in either 200mg or 400mg tablet doses to be taken orally for short-term relief of anxiety and panic attacks. Like many other sedative and tranquilizer prescription medications, meprobamate is highly addictive and causes extreme dependency of individuals that take it for long periods of time.
It is also not uncommon for someone's body to adjust to the dosage they have been taking, and require larger doses or larger quantities of the dose they currently have.
Meprobamate Abuse and Addiction Side Effects
Meprobamate causes a variety of side effects ranging from mild to severe. Some side effects are experienced by most users of the drug while other more severe adverse effects are a result from taking too high of a dose, taking the drug more often than necessary or by taking a large dose for a very long period of time. Some of the side effects of meprobamate include:
- Drowsiness and Sleepiness
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Difficulty with Coordinating Movements
- Muscle Weakness
If your side effects persist or worsen over time, you should consult your doctor about these issues and be truthful about how much of the medication you have been taking.
The more serious adverse side effects of meprobamate are skin rashes, itching, bruising very easily, bloody nose, unusual bleeding, purple-colored skin spots, sore throat, fever and chills, difficulty breathing, slurred speech, blurred vision, imbalance and staggering, and an unusual pounding of the heartbeat along with an irregular heartbeat.
It is also possible to overdose on meprobamate the symptoms of which include unresponsiveness or coma, sluggishness, loss of muscle control, cessation or impairment of breathing, and shock; overdose of meprobamate can be fatal so it is vital you seek medical attention immediately if you or someone you know has overdosed from meprobamate.