estrogens with meprobamate-oral (cont.)

USES: Estrogens are used to relieve symptoms of menopause. Meprobamate is used to treat anxiety, tension and stress.

HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth as directed, usually three times a day for 21 days followed by 1 week of no medication. Do not increase your dose or take this more often than prescribed without consulting your doctor.

SIDE EFFECTS: Stomach upset, nausea, bloating, headache, breast tenderness, drowsiness, dizziness and blurred vision may occur the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication. Weakness, swelling of the hands or feet, changes in sexual desire, change in weight may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: chest pain, rapid heart rate, jaundice, stomach cramps, vomiting, depression, breathing trouble, unusual bleeding or bruising, pain in legs, lumps in the breast, numbness in the arms/legs, fever/sore throat, skin rash. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: liver disease, kidney disease, breast cancer, blood disorders, gallbladder disease, diabetes, seizure disorder, drug dependency, depression, any allergies. Depending on strength, this drug may cause a patchy, darkening of the skin on the face (melasma). Higher strengths are more likely to cause melasma. Sunlight may intensify this darkening and you may need to avoid prolonged sun exposure and sunlamps. Consult your doctor regarding use of sunscreens and protective clothing. Smoking may increase the risk of side effects of this medication. Be sure your doctor knows if you smoke. Discuss the risks. Since this medication may cause drowsiness, dizziness or blurred vision, use caution operating machinery and limit intake of alcoholic beverages. This medication should not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. The meprobamate in this combination medicine is excreted into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

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