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Brand Names: Versed

Generic Name: midazolam (oral) (Pronunciation: mye DAZ oh lam)

What is midazolam (Versed)?

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.

What are the possible side effects of midazolam (Versed)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • cough, wheezing, trouble breathing, weak or shallow breathing;
  • slow heart rate;
  • seizure (convulsions);
  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • agitation, hostility; or
  • confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • drowsiness, dizziness;
  • blurred vision;
  • nausea, vomiting;
  • runny nose, sneezing;
  • mild rash; or
  • amnesia or forgetfulness after your procedure.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about midazolam (Versed)?

You should not take this medication if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, or if you are allergic to midazolam or to other benzodiazepines, such as alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), or oxazepam (Serax).

Do not use midazolam if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.

Before taking midazolam, tell your doctor if you have any breathing problems, glaucoma, kidney or liver disease, or a history of depression, suicidal thoughts, or addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Do not drink alcohol shortly after taking midazolam. This medication can increase the effects of alcohol, which could be dangerous.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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