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Equagesic

Generic Name: Meprobamate and Aspirin (me proe BA mate & AS pir in)
Brand Name: Equagesic

Medically reviewed on Sep 5, 2018

Uses of Equagesic:

  • It is used to ease pain.
  • It is used to treat anxiety.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Equagesic?

For all patients taking Equagesic (meprobamate and aspirin):

  • If you have an allergy to aspirin, meprobamate, carisoprodol, or any other part of Equagesic (meprobamate and aspirin).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Asthma, nose polyps, porphyria, or rhinitis.
  • If you have ever had ulcer disease.
  • If you are taking any other NSAID.
  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not take Equagesic (meprobamate and aspirin) if you are pregnant.
  • If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take Equagesic (meprobamate and aspirin).

Children:

  • If your child has or is getting better from flu signs, chickenpox, or other viral infections.
  • If your child is younger than 12 years of age. Do not give Equagesic (meprobamate and aspirin) to a child younger than 12 years of age.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Equagesic (meprobamate and aspirin).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Equagesic (meprobamate and aspirin) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Equagesic?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Equagesic (meprobamate and aspirin). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for alertness while you take Equagesic (meprobamate and aspirin). Talk with your doctor.
  • This medicine may be habit-forming with long-term use.
  • Do not take Equagesic (meprobamate and aspirin) for longer than you were told by your doctor.
  • If you have been taking Equagesic (meprobamate and aspirin) on a regular basis and you stop it all of a sudden, you may have signs of withdrawal. Do not stop taking Equagesic (meprobamate and aspirin) all of a sudden without calling your doctor. Tell your doctor if you have any bad effects.
  • Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
  • You may bleed more easily. Be careful and avoid injury. Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor.
  • If you are taking aspirin to help prevent a heart attack, talk with your doctor.
  • This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take Equagesic (meprobamate and aspirin).
  • A very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause very bad health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if you have signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in your mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.
  • If you are 65 or older, use Equagesic (meprobamate and aspirin) with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Do not give to children and teenagers who have or are getting better from flu signs, chickenpox, or other viral infections due to the chance of Reye's syndrome. Reye's syndrome causes very bad problems to the brain and liver.
  • This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant. If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking Equagesic (meprobamate and aspirin), call your doctor right away.

How is this medicine (Equagesic) best taken?

  • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • If you take Equagesic (meprobamate and aspirin) on a regular basis, take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • Many times Equagesic (meprobamate and aspirin) is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of bleeding like throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds; coughing up blood; blood in the urine; black, red, or tarry stools; bleeding from the gums; vaginal bleeding that is not normal; bruises without a reason or that get bigger; or any bleeding that is very bad or that you cannot stop.
  • Signs of kidney problems like unable to pass urine, change in how much urine is passed, blood in the urine, or a big weight gain.
  • If you are planning to harm yourself or the want to harm yourself gets worse.
  • If seizures are new or worse after starting Equagesic (meprobamate and aspirin).
  • Slurred speech.
  • A fast heartbeat.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Ringing in ears.
  • Hearing loss.
  • Feeling confused.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Very bad belly pain.
  • A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
  • Change in balance.
  • Change in eyesight.
  • Seizures.
  • Very bad and sometimes deadly reactions (some allergic reactions) have happened with Equagesic (meprobamate and aspirin). Call your doctor right away if you have very bad dizziness or passing out; signs of infection like a fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or wound that will not heal; swollen glands; change in eyesight; swelling in the arms or legs; any bruising or bleeding; not able to pass urine; change in the amount of urine passed; feeling very tired or weak; or trouble breathing.

What are some other side effects of Equagesic?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Belly pain or heartburn.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Headache.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Dizziness.
  • Feeling sleepy.
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Feeling nervous and excitable.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Equagesic?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from light.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep lid tightly closed.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Equagesic (meprobamate and aspirin), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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