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What Is Midazolam Used For?

How Does Midazolam Work?

Midazolam is part of a group of medicines called benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines have several effects on the body, including:
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Causing sleepiness
  • Relaxing the muscles
  • Stopping seizures
  • Impairing short-term memory.
All medicines in this category can have these effects to some degree, depending on the specific benzodiazepine that is being taken. They work in the brain by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a brain chemical that is naturally calming. GABA can slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain. This is why midazolam and other benzodiazepines are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants).

Midazolam Uses in Children

Midazolam can be used in children and adolescents and can be very useful for dental procedures in children who experience extreme anxiety and stress. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using midazolam in children.

Off-Label Midazolam Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend midazolam for use in situations other than those listed in this article. Currently, off-label midazolam uses include treating the following conditions:
Also, a few studies have looked at using midazolam to sedate children who must undergo a sexual abuse examination (which can be traumatic and embarrassing).
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