Information about Midazolam

    Midazolam uses

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

    How midazolam works

    Midazolam is a benzodiazepine. It 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 of midazolam

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

    Available Medicine for Midazolam

    • ₹338
      Cipla Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹27 to ₹82
      Neon Laboratories Ltd
      6 variant(s)
    • ₹327
      Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹57
      Gland Pharma Limited
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹32 to ₹64
      Troikaa Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹296
      Samarth Life Sciences Pvt Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹29 to ₹64
      Samarth Life Sciences Pvt Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹33 to ₹65
      Themis Medicare Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹32 to ₹54
      Chandra Bhagat Pharma Pvt Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹60
      Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
      1 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Midazolam

    • The addiction / habit-forming potential of Midazolam is very high. 
    • If you are taking Midazolam for the treatment of insomnia and anxiety, it should not be used more than 4 weeks.
    • It may become less effective over the time.
    • Avoid driving or operating dangerous machinery as it may decrease alertness.
    • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking the Midazolam, as it may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness.
    • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
    • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.

    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
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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 17 July, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)