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Midazolam - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
Other Known Brands
  • Fulsed    
  • Dormicum    
  • Mizolam    

Why do I need this medicine?

Midazolam is a sleeping pill. It helps you to sleep if you have problems sleeping (also known as insomnia).

This medicine may also be used to help you relax during surgical and dental procedures.

Midazolam may also be used to treat other conditions, as decided by your doctor.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Midazolam exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label.

Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take Midazolam with or without food. If you are taking it as a sleeping pill, take it just before you go to bed.

It is not advisable to take Midazolam long-term. See your doctor if Midazolam does not seem to help you.

If you have been taking Midazolam over a certain period of time, do not stop taking it unless instructed otherwise as stopping it suddenly may worsen your condition. Your doctor will reduce the dose of Midazolam gradually before stopping it completely. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

If you miss a dose, take it at your next scheduled dose.

However, if you are taking Midazolam as a sleeping pill, you may not need to take it everyday. Take it only when you need it.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have an eye disease known as glaucoma as Midazolam may not be suitable for you.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following:

- heart disease
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- lung or breathing problems such as sleep apnea
- depression or a history of depression
- mood or psychiatric disorder
- if you are at risk of falls

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

For as long as you are taking Midazolam, your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.

Practise good sleeping habits to reduce reliance on sleeping pills. These are some good sleeping habits which you should follow:

- Try to relax before bedtime. Do not engage in strenuous activities.
- Try to go to bed at about the same time every night.
- Have a light dinner. A heavy dinner may disturb your sleep.
- Avoid caffeine in the evening. Caffeine-containing food and drink include coffee, tea, certain soft drinks and even chocolate.
- Keep your bedroom quiet, dark and airy.
- Avoid taking naps especially in the late afternoon.

What side effects could I experience?

Midazolam may cause drowsiness and dizziness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: some memory loss, headache, sleep disturbances (e.g. nightmares, insomnia), nausea, vomiting, hiccups, cough and shallow breathing.

Let your doctor know if you experience:

- confusion and hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not existent)
- unusual changes in mood or behaviour (being aggressive, agitated, or having compulsive and impulsive behaviour)

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines for moderate to severe pain e.g. fentanyl, morphine
- medicines to treat epilepsy (fits or seizures) e.g. carbamazepine, phenytoin
- medicines for HIV infection e.g. saquinavir, atazanavir, ritonavir
- medicine to treat TB (lung infection known as tuberculosis) e.g. rifampicin
- antibiotics e.g. erythromycin, clarithromycin
- medicines for heart disease or medicines to control blood pressure e.g. diltiazem, verapamil
- medicines to treat fungal infections e.g. fluconazole, ketoconazole, itraconazole

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Midazolam.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol and grapefruit juice.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Midazolam - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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