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Midazolam is used for conscious sedation during diagnostic or therapeutic procedures, anesthesia and sedation in intensive care unit (icu).

How it works

Midazolam works by increasing the action of GABA, a chemical messenger which suppresses the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.

Common side effects

Sleepiness, Agitation, Headache, Nausea, Vomiting, Injection site pain, Memory impairment, Decreased blood pressure, Hiccup

Available Medicine

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Expert advice

  • Notify your doctor immediately if you are or are planning to become pregnant during the administration of this medicine.
  • Midazolam may be addictive, so take it as prescribed by the doctor. 
  • Do not discontinue the use of Midazolam, unless the doctor has advised you. Discontinuation may cause withdrawal symptoms, which may include seizures.
  • Midazolam may cause memory problems, drowsiness, confusion, especially in elderly patients. 
  • Most people may find that it gets less effective over time. 
  • Avoid driving after taking Midazolam as it may cause drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion. 
  • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking Midazolam, it may cause excessive drowsiness. 

Frequently asked questions


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
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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 come in pill form?
No, midazolam is not available in pill form. The preferred route of administration for midazolam is IV or IM injections
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 07 April, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)