Midazolam is a benzodiazepine (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peen) sedative.

Midazolam is used to sedate a person who is having a minor surgery, dental work, or other medical procedure.

Midazolam may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

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  • Versed
  • cough, wheezing, trouble breathing, weak or shallow breathing;
    slow heart rate;
    a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
    agitation, hostility; or
    confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior.
    Common side effects may include:

    nausea, vomiting;
    drowsiness, dizziness;
    blurred vision;
    runny nose, sneezing; or
    amnesia or forgetfulness after your procedure.
  • Initial dose: 2 mg IV once at a rate not to exceed 1 mg/min immediately before the procedure. Additional doses of 0.5 to 2 mg may be administered after 2 minutes to achieve desired level of sedation. Most patients achieve adequate sedation with a total dose less than 5 mg. Maintenance dose: Generally does not exceed 25% of the dose initially required to achieve sedation.