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Midazolam

Last updated on July 26, 2019.

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GENERIC NAMES: Midazolam

CHINESE NAME: 咪達唑侖(藍精靈)

COMMON BRANDS CONTAINING MIDAZOLAM IN HONG KONG: Dormicum, Hypnofast

What is Midazolam for?

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.

How to use it?

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. 

What are the side effects of Midazolam?

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.

Where to buy Midazolam in Hong Kong?

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 http://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

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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