- What is midazolam-injection, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- Is midazolam-injection available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for midazolam-injection?
- What are the uses for midazolam-injection?
- What are the side effects of midazolam-injection?
- What is the dosage for midazolam-injection?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with midazolam-injection?
- Is midazolam-injection safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about midazolam-injection?
What is midazolam-injection, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Midazolam is a drug used for sedation. It is in the benzodiazepine family, the same family that includes lorazepam (Ativan), diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), flurazepam (Dalmane), and others. It is thought that excessive activity of nerves in the brain may cause anxiety and other psychological disorders. Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that nerves in the brain use to send messages to one another. GABA reduces the activity of nerves in the brain. Midazolam and other benzodiazepines may act by enhancing the effects of GABA in the brain. The FDA approved midazolam in December 1985.
Is midazolam-injection available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for midazolam-injection?
What are the uses for midazolam-injection?
During surgery midazolam is used for sedation, reducing anxiety, and helping patients forget the surgical experience. It also is given before anesthesia and to maintain anesthesia. Patients who are intubated for control of respiration are given midazolam for sedation. Midazolam also is used for treating seizures.
What are the side effects of midazolam-injection?
The most common side effects associated with midazolam are:
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