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    Information about Midazolam

    Midazolam uses

    How midazolam works

    Midazolam is a benzodiazepine. It works by increasing the action of a chemical messenger (GABA) which suppresses the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.

    Common side effects of midazolam

    Confusion, Depression, Memory impairment
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Swati Mishra
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    18 Feb 2020 | 05:21 PM (IST)
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      Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
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      Themis Medicare Ltd
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      Neon Laboratories Ltd
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      Troikaa Pharmaceuticals Ltd
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      Samarth Life Sciences Pvt Ltd
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      Samarth Life Sciences Pvt Ltd
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      Fresenius Kabi India Pvt Ltd
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      Gland Pharma Limited
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    Expert advice for Midazolam

    • The addiction / habit-forming potential of this medicine is very high. Take it only as per the dose and duration advised by your doctor
    • It may cause dizziness. Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you.
    • Avoid consuming alcohol as it may increase dizziness and drowsiness.
    • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
    • Do not stop taking medication suddenly without talking to your doctor as that may lead to nausea, anxiety, agitation, flu-like symptoms, sweating, tremor, and confusion.

    Frequently asked questions for Midazolam


    Q. Is Midazolam safe?

    Midazolam is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

    Q. Is Midazolam a controlled substance?

    Yes, Midazolam is a controlled substance

    Q. Is Midazolam a sedative?

    Yes, Midazolam a sedative medication used before and during diagnostic or surgical procedures either in combination with or without local anesthesia

    Q. Is Midazolam an opiate?

    No, Midazolam is not an opiate medication

    Q. Is Midazolam a benzodiazepine?

    Yes, Midazolam belongs to benzodiazepine class of sedative medication

    Q. Is Midazolam a schedule 8 drug?

    No, Midazolam belongs to schedule 4. It has low potential for abuse

    Q. Is Midazolam versed?

    Versed is a brand (trade) name for Midazolam

    Q. Does Midazolam have analgesic properties?

    No, Midazolam does not have any analgesic properties. It is used as a central nervous system depressant that slows brain activity, causes relaxation and induces sleep (anesthetic)

    Q. Does Midazolam make you high/knock you out (make you sleep)?

    No, Midazolam does not make you high; it makes you sleepy as it is a central nervous system depressant that slows brain activity, causes relaxation and induces sleep

    Q. Does Midazolam cause retrograde amnesia?

    Yes, Midazolam causes retrograde amnesia (short term loss of memory)

    Q. Does Midazolam hasten death?

    No, Midazolam does not hasten death. Although it may be used to induce sleep and relive anxiety in terminally-ill patients not responding to other relevant medications

    Q. Does Midazolam cross the placenta?

    Yes, Midazolam crosses the placenta.

    Content on this page was last updated on 18 February, 2020, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)