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Generic: midazolam
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It is used to cause relaxation or sleep before surgery and to block the memory of the procedure
               



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What is this medicine?

MIDAZOLAM (MID ay zoe lam) is a benzodiazepine. It is used to cause relaxation or sleep before surgery and to block the memory of the procedure.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • an alcohol or drug abuse problem
  • bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis, or other mental health condition
  • glaucoma
  • heart disease
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • lung or breathing disease, like asthma
  • seizures or a history of seizures
  • suicidal thoughts
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to midazolam, other benzodiazepines, cherries, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is given by a health- care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. It is not prescribed for use at home.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • certain antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
  • delavirdine
  • efavirenz
  • grapefruit juice
  • itraconazole
  • ketoconazole

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • cimetidine
  • diltiazem
  • droperidol
  • general anesthetics
  • narcotic medicines for pain
  • rifampin, rifapentine, or rifabutin
  • secobarbital
  • some antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, and troleandomycin
  • some medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, and primidone
  • thiopental
  • verapamil

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be closely monitored while you receive this medicine.

You may feel dizzy and lightheaded. To reduce the risk of dizzy or fainting spells, do not sit up or stand up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. Alcohol can make you more drowsy or dizzy. Avoid alcoholic drinks for at least 24 hours after you receive this medicine.

The effects of this medicine can last for several hours after use. It can affect your ability to drive or do anything that needs mental alertness. Do not attempt to drive yourself home if you have received this medicine for minor outpatient surgery.

               
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