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Midazolam

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Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: Canada: Apo-Midazolam®;Midazolam Injection

    Uses
    • It is used to calm you before care.
    • Midazolam calms the brain.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • This drug will be given 30 to 45 minutes before care.

    Missed Dose

    • Many times this drug is given on an as needed basis.

    Storage

    • This drug will be given to you in a hospital or doctor's office. You will not store it at home.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • This drug may cause trouble breathing. Call your doctor right away if you have slow breathing, shallow breathing, or trouble breathing. Older adults may have more side effects and will be started at a lower dose.
    • Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs. Taking them together can cause bad side effects. This is one of those drugs. Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to midazolam or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have glaucoma.
    • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
    • If you are breast-feeding.

    Precautions

    • This drug may be habit-forming with long-term use.
    • If you have been taking this drug for more than 10 days, talk with your doctor before stopping. You may want to slowly stop this drug.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have lung disease, talk with your doctor. You may be more sensitive to this drug.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.
    • Avoid beer, wine, mixed drinks, or other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Dry mouth. Good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help. See a dentist often.
    • Feeling tired or weak.
    • Change in balance.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If anything causes you worry, if any of the unwanted side effects happen, or if your signs do not get better after taking this drug.
    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
    • Big change in balance.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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