Midazolam will be given to you in the hospital or doctor's office by a caregiver trained to use this medicine.
An IM injection is a shot given in your muscle (upper arm, thigh, buttocks). An IV injection is medicine that is put into your body through one of your veins.
The medicine begins to work quickly after it is given. You may start feeling its effects about 15 minutes (for the IM shot) or about 5 minutes (for the IV injection) after the medicine is given.
After you receive midazolam, you will be watched closely to make sure the medicine is working. Your breathing, blood pressure, nervous system, and heart will also be watched closely to make sure the medicine is not causing unwanted side effects.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Before you are given midazolam, make sure your doctor knows if you are using other medicines that may make you sleepy such as sleeping pills, tranquilizers, some cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain-killers, or medicines that relax your muscles. Tell your doctor if you drink alcohol. You may get too drowsy or sedated if you drink alcohol or use medicines that cause drowsiness with midazolam.
Wait about 24 hours (or as your doctor orders) before drinking alcohol or using medicines that cause drowsiness.
Tell your doctor if you are using erythromycin or cimetidine (Tagamet®).