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Generic name: Meprobamate
Why is this drug prescribed: Miltown is a tranquilizer used in the treatment of anxiety disorders and for short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety.
Most important fact about this drug: Miltown can be habit-forming. You can develop tolerance and dependence, and you may experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop using this drug abruptly. Discontinue this drug or change your dose only on your doctor's advice.
How should you take this medication: Take Miltown exactly as prescribed. --If you miss a dose... Take it as soon as you remember if it is within an hour of your scheduled time. If you do not remember until later, skip the dose you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take 2 doses at the same time. --Storage instructions... Store at room temperature in a tightly closed container.
What side effects may occur: Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Miltown. More common side effects may include: Allergic reactions, blood disorders, bruises, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, exaggerated feeling of well-being, fainting, fast throbbing heartbeat, fever, headache, inappropriate excitement, itchy rash, loss of muscle coordination, nausea, rapid or irregular heartbeat, skin eruptions, slurred speech, small, purplish spots on the skin, sudden severe drop in blood pressure, swelling due to fluid retention, tingling sensation or numbness, vertigo, vision problems, vomiting, weakness Less common or rare side effects may include: Breathing difficulty, chills, high fever, inflammation of mouth, inflammation of the rectum, little or no urine, redness and swelling of skin, severe allergic reaction, skin inflammation and flaking, Stevens-Johnson syndrome (peeling skin) Side effects due to rapid decrease in dose or abrupt withdrawal from Miltown: Anxiety, confusion, convulsions, hallucinations, inability to fall or stay asleep, loss of appetite, loss of coordination, muscle twitching, tremors, vomiting Withdrawal symptoms usually become apparent within 12 to 48 hours after discontinuation of this medication and should disappear in another 12 to 48 hours.
Why should this drug not be prescribed: If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Miltown or related drugs such as carisoprodol (Soma), you should not take this medication. You should not take Miltown if you have acute intermittent porphyria, an inherited disease of the body's metabolism. It can make your symptoms worse. Anxiety or tension related to everyday stress usually does not require treatment with Miltown. Discuss your symptoms thoroughly with your doctor.
Special warnings about this medication: If you develop a skin rash, sore throat, fever, or shortness of breath, contact your doctor immediately. You may be having an allergic reaction to the drug. Miltown may cause you to become drowsy or less alert; therefore, you should not drive or operate dangerous machinery, or participate in any hazardous activity that requires full mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Long-term use of this drug should be evaluated by your doctor periodically for its usefulness. If you have liver or kidney disorders, make sure your doctor is aware of these conditions before you begin using this medication. If you have epilepsy, use of this drug may bring on seizures. Consult your doctor before taking it.
Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication: Miltown may intensify the effects of alcohol. Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication. If Miltown is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Miltown with mood-altering drugs and central nervous system depressants such as the following: Antidepressant drugs such as Elavil, Nardil, and Tofranil Barbiturates such as Seconal and phenobarbital Major tranquilizers such as Thorazine and Mellaril Narcotics such as Percocet or Demerol Tranquilizers such as Halcion, Restoril, and Valium
Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding: Do not take Miltown if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. There is an increased risk of birth defects. Miltown appears in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. If this medication is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding until your treatment is finished.
Recommended dosage: ADULTS: The usual dosage is 1,200 milligrams to 1,600 milligrams per day divided into 3 or 4 doses. You should not take more than 2,400 milligrams a day. CHILDREN: The usual dose for children 6 to 12 years of age is 200 to 600 milligrams per day divided into 2 or 3 doses. Miltown is not recommended for children under age 6. OLDER ADULTS: Your doctor will limit your dose to the smallest effective amount to avoid oversedation.
Overdosage: Any medication taken in excess can cause symptoms of overdose. If you suspect an overdose, seek emergency medical attention immediately. The symptoms of Miltown overdose may include: Coma, drowsiness, loss of muscle control, severely impaired breathing, shock, sluggishness, and unresponsiveness