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Midazolam

Midazolam is a custom pharmacy drug classified in the family of drugs known as benzodiazepines. Midazolam has strong anxiolytic and amnestic properties. Due to its cardiorespiratory stability and relatively short duration, midazolam is sometimes the preferred choice for use with patients who are elderly or those with cardiac issues. Midazolam is sometimes utilized for cardiac surgery, dental procedures, and endoscopic procedures, as well as a preanesthetic medication. Midazolam is active in the brain; it slows down brain activity and increases the supportive effective of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) thus allowing for the patient to experience a more relaxed, or sleepy state. Midazolam is commonly administered to children in advance of medical procedures to induce drowsiness and relieve anxiety.

HOW TO USE:

Midazolam can be compounded into different forms for administration from syrups to injectables. Midazolam is administered intravenously before some procedures. Syrup (single doses) may be given before a medical or surgical procedure to enable relaxation. Your doctor or surgeon will consult with you regarding dosage and will explain the effects of this medication. Always follow your doctor's recommendations and directions precisely. Ask your compounding pharmacist for more information if you have questions or concerns before your scheduled procedure date. Note, this drug is not intended for at-home use. Anyone given midazolam should avoid driving or operating any machinery for at least 24 hours after dosage.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:

Midazolam may cause certain side effects typically associated with benzodiazepines. Look for possible side effects that may come on quickly, or perhaps appear or begin slowly. See your doctor if you experience any side effect that lingers or worsens. For your convenience a partial list of possible side effects is provided below.

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and/or Vomiting
  • Drowsiness

Severe Side Effects:

Some patients and users could experience side effects that are severe, or could become severe. Anyone taking this drug who experiences severe side effects should see their doctor promptly. A partial list of some of the more commonly experienced severe side effects is provided below.

  • Uncontrollable Shaking
  • Stiffening and/or Jerking (arms and/or legs)
  • Agitation
  • Aggression
  • Slow Heartbeat
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Restlessness

Allergic Reaction:

It is possible to have an allergic reaction to this drug. Allergic reactions, in some cases, can be life threatening so any allergic reaction should be taken seriously and cared for immediately by a qualified healthcare provider. If you feel that you are having any allergic reaction at all, or if you experience any of the following, get medical treatment immediately:

  • Severe Dizziness
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Swelling (face, throat, tongue)
  • Rash

NOTE: Other serious side effects are possible with the use of midazolam. The important rule to remember is to always see your doctor right away or seek medical treatment at a professional healthcare facility if you experience or encounter any side effect that is concerning to you.

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

Patients considering the use of this drug should inform their doctor of their complete medical history and any medications, drugs (street or prescription), supplements, etc. that they are currently using.

Never use midazolam without the consent of your doctor. Only your doctor can decide if this drug is appropriate for use in your treatment.

Ask your doctor for a complete overview of all possible contraindication for midazolam that may be relevant to you. Never take this drug unless your doctor has cleared you to take it.

Midazolam is contraindicated for the following:

  • Chronic Respiratory Insufficiency
  • Hypersensitivity to Benzodiazepines

IMPORTANT NOTE: There may be some diseases and conditions which could make the use of midazolam inadvisable, if not necessarily strictly contraindicated. Discuss all your drug and treatment options with your doctor before beginning a course of this drug. Always follow your doctor's recommendations when considering any drug.

  • "It is rare to find health professionals who are so willing to educate the patient on what they need to know."

    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA