Generic name: Meprobamate.

Other brand names: Equanil, Meprospan, Neuramate.

Miltown is a minor tranquilizer. It calms certain areas of the brain and allows the rest of the brain to function normally. 

Quick Facts About Miltown


Used to treat anxiety disorders and provide shortterm relief for anxiety.

Miltown Dosage

Take exactly as prescribed. Follow doctor’s instructions for reducing or discontinuing medication.

  • Usual adult dose: Miltown 200 and 400 — 1,200 to 1,600 milligrams per day divided into 3 or 4 doses, not to exceed 2,400 milligrams per day. Miltown 600 — one tablet 2 times per day, not to exceed 2,400 milligrams per day. Seniors — prescribed lowest possible dose.
  • Usual child dose: for children 6 to 12 years — Miltown 200 and 400 — 200 to 600 milligrams per day divided into 2 or 3 doses. Not recommended for children under 6 years.
  • Missed dose: take as soon as possible, up to 1 hour past regular schedule. Otherwise, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Miltown Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

coma, drowsiness, lack or loss of muscle control, shock, sluggishness and unresponsiveness. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: bruises, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, exaggerated feeling of well-being, fainting, fast or throbbing heartbeat, fever, headache, inappropriate excitement, itchy rash, loss of muscle coordination, nausea, rapid or irregular heartbeat, skin eruptions, slurred speech, small or purplish skin spots, swelling due to fluid retention, tingling sensation, vertigo, vision problems, vomiting, weakness.

Less common or rare Miltown side effects: breathing difficulty, chills, high fever, inflammation of the mouth, 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 sudden decrease in dose or withdrawal: anxiety, confusion, convulsions, hallucinations, inability to fall or stay asleep, lack or loss of appetite, lack or loss of coordination, muscle twitching, tremors, vomiting. Withdrawal symptoms appear 12 to 48 hours after discontinuation and should disappear in another 12 to 48 hours.


Inform your doctor before combining Miltown with:

barbiturates such as Seconal and phenobarbital, major tranquilizers such as Thorazine and Mellaril, narcotics such as Percocet and Demerol, MAO inhibitors such as Nardil and Parnate.

Do not drink, alcohol during Miltown therapy; it intensifies the effects of alcohol. 

Special Cautions

Do not take if pregnant or planning to become pregnant; increased risk of birth defects. Appears in breast milk; could affect a nursing infant.

Seniors are prescribed lowest possible dose to avoid oversedation.

Follow doctor’s instructions carefully for children. Not recommended for children under 6 years.

  • May cause drowsiness and impair your ability to drive a car or operate machinery. Do not take part in any activity that requires alertness.
  • Inform your doctor before starting Miltown if you have liver or kidney disorders.
  • If you already experience seizures, Miltown may prompt them.
  • Monitor for tolerance of and dependence on this medication.
  • Should not take if sensitive to or allergic to this or similar medications. Contact your doctor if you experience such allergic reactions as skin rash, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath.
  • Miltown is not prescribed for everyday anxiety or tension.

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