Midazolam is a benzodiazepine drug that is prescribed to children and adolescents before surgery. This medication relaxes children, makes them drowsy and suppresses any memory of the surgery. It is given in syrup form in the hospital.

Side Effects/Warnings

This medication can cause severe breathing problems. It should only be administered in the hospital while under the supervision of a doctor so that the child’s breathing can be monitored. If the child begins breathing rapidly or shallowly, doctors should administer emergency medication to reverse the effects of this drug and restore normal breathing.

This medication can cause drowsiness and confusion for up to 24 hours. Children or adolescents should not ride a bicycle or drive a car for a full day after taking this medication.

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