What kind of drug is meprobamate?

What kind of drug is meprobamate?

Meprobamate is used to treat anxiety disorders or for short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety in adults and children 6 years of age and older. Meprobamate is in a class of medications called tranquilizers. It works by slowing activity in the brain to allow for relaxation.

Is meprobamate still prescribed?

Is meprobamate still prescribed? Meprobamate isn’t commonly used anymore, but it’s still available on the market. Currently, there are only generic products available. The brand products have all been discontinued.

Is meprobamate a benzo?

Meprobamate is an anxiolytic drug. It was the best selling minor tranquilizer for a time but has largely been replaced by benzodiazepines. Meprobamate has most of the pharmacological effects and dangers of the barbiturates (though it was marketed as being safer) but it is less sedating at effective doses.

Is meprobamate addictive?

Facts now definitely place meprobamate on the list of addicting medications. Tolerance and dependence develop, mild euphoria is often evident, and painful and disturbing symptoms may occur on withdrawal.

Why was meprobamate discontinued?

The U.S. government sought an order mandating that Carter make its meprobamate patent available at no charge to any company desiring to use it. In April 1965, meprobamate was removed from the list of tranquilizers when experts ruled that the drug was a sedative, instead.

Is meprobamate a muscle relaxant?

Meprobamate is a carbamate derivate with hypnotic, anti-anxiety, sedative, anticonvulsant and some indirect muscle relaxant properties.

Is meprobamate the same as Soma?

CARISOPRODOL (SOMA) Carisoprodol is a precursor of meprobamate (Miltown and Equanil), and meprobamate is one of the three primary metabolites produced by hepatic biotransformation. Meprobamate dependency secondary to carisoprodol use has been reported with associated drug-seeking behavior and withdrawal symptoms.

Is meprobamate a Barbituate?

Meprobamate was first marketed in 1955, and was the first drug to be marketed as an anxiolytic. It quickly became very popular and was credited for revolutionizing psychiatric care. It was the first true ‘blockbuster’ drug with approximately 500 million prescriptions written by 1965.

What is another name for meprobamate?


Clinical data
Trade names Miltown, Equanil, Meprospan, Amepromat, Quivet, Zirponand, and many others
AHFS/Drugs.com Monograph
MedlinePlus a682077
Pregnancy category AU : C

What is similar to meprobamate?

Related drugs include carisoprodol and tybamate (prodrugs of meprobamate), felbamate, mebutamate, and methocarbamol.

How long does it take for meprobamate to work?

Carisoprodol is broken down into meprobamate in the body, which is also active in its effects. Carisoprodol is absorbed and begins to have effects after 30 minutes and the effects last for 4 to 6 hours.

Is Soma the same as Flexeril?

Cyclobenzaprine and carisoprodol are muscle relaxants used with rest and physical therapy for short-term relief of muscle spasms associated with acute painful muscle and skeletal conditions. Brand names for cyclobenzaprine include Flexeril, Amrix, and Fexmid. A brand name for carisoprodol is Soma.