Midazolam belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines just like Alprazolam. It can be used to treat seizures, to provide anaesthesia and for the short-term management of insomnia.
Midazolam is given by mouth and by injection.
If you are taking Midazolam for insomnia, you should take 7.5-15 mg orally just before going to bed. Midazolam should not be taken for more than 14 days for treatment of insomnia.
You may be given Midazolam to treat epilepsy or seizures, or as sedation and anesthesia while in hospital.
Common side effects of Midazolam include decreased alertness, dizziness and drowsiness. Gait and coordination problems (ataxia) and confusion are more commonly seen in elderly; whereas respiratory depression may occur with high doses of Midazolam when combined with opioid medications.
Common dosing schedule:
You should take Midazolam on an empty stomach.
Do not take with grapefruit juice.
This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.
Some common medications Midazolam may interact:
Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.
In Hong Kong, Midazolam is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
Need more information?
For detailed information about the use of Midazolam in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.
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