Midazolam Dosing: An Introduction
The dose of midazolam
) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age and weight
- The degree of sedation, amnesia, or anesthesia desired
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your midazolam dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Midazolam Dosing for Surgeries or Procedures
Your healthcare provider will choose a starting midazolam dose for you based on several factors. If necessary, your healthcare provider will carefully adjust your dose, increasing it if you are too alert or anxious, or decreasing it if you have breathing problems or other serious midazolam side effects
. It is very important for your dose to be "individualized," as one midazolam dose does not fit all people.
General Midazolam Dosing Information
Some considerations for people taking midazolam include the following:
- Midazolam comes in two forms -- an injectable form and a syrup form. The syrup form is meant for children who do not need an IV for any other reason (and who are likely to be afraid of an IV injection).
- Because midazolam is typically used before a surgery or procedure, you may need to have an empty stomach. Prior to your surgery or procedure, be sure to ask your healthcare provider for instructions.
- For midazolam to be used safely, your healthcare provider must be equipped with the training and equipment necessary to handle breathing problems that midazolam can cause. Ask your healthcare provider if he or she is prepared to handle a breathing problem or emergency, especially if midazolam will be used in a clinic or office setting (such as a dentist office), rather than in the hospital.