What is Midazolam Used For?

Midazolam is a benzodiazepine medication that works on the body by producing a calming effect on the central nervous system and the brain. It produces this calming and sedative effect because it facilitates the binding of the brain chemical GABA to the brain’s receptors. This obstructs the flow of electrical impulses to the brain.

This medication has been used in a variety of different ways over the years. This benzodiazepine medication is used for things like procedural sedation, anesthesia, those with trouble sleeping, and severe agitation. This product has also been known to be useful in treating acute seizures due to its rapid onset of action. Many US states have even used midazolam as a part of their chemical cocktail when performing executions as they use it to sedate them.

As is the case with all benzodiazepine medications, midazolam has a very high potential for dependency, abuse, and addiction. Abuse and addiction tend to occur when someone takes more than the prescribed amount or more often than they are supposed to. Dependency can happen physically to the drug even if you are taking is as the doctor prescribed.

What is Midazolam Used For?

Signs of Midazolam Abuse and Addiction

The signs of abuse with this drug look different than the signs of addiction. Abuse symptoms might include things like drowsiness, lack of coordination, slurred speech, difficulty remembering things, problems with concentration, confusion, and dizziness. These symptoms occur when midazolam is taken in bigger doses and/or more often than prescribed or combining this with other drugs, including alcohol. Abuse doesn’t always mean a person is addicted to midazolam, but it certainly does increase the likelihood of addiction happening.

When a person continues abuse with midazolam, it alters the brain’s chemistry by changing the neural pathways. This is what leads to physical dependence and addiction. Physical dependence can occur in just a few shorts weeks. Addiction to midazolam exhibits symptoms and characteristics that are similar to other benzodiazepines and can be quite alarming. They include:

  • Intense cravings
  • Performing drug-seeking behavior
  • Poor decision making and judgment
  • Inability to quit even if you want to
  • Develop tolerance and dependence
  • The drug becomes the number one priority
  • Experiencing negative consequences and still using
  • Lying to your loved ones and friends
  • Stealing to support the habit
  • Financial instability
  • Legal trouble

When any benzodiazepine, including midazolam, is used over a longer period, a person will experience what is called withdrawal symptoms if they miss a dose or do not take enough. Withdrawal symptoms occur after you have become physically dependent on the drug. Your body no longer knows how to function without it, creating uncomfortable symptoms. Your brain will struggle to restore its normal balance.

Midazolam Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal from benzodiazepines can even be dangerous for a person. Some of the more painful symptoms of withdrawal are tremors, muscle spasms, nausea and vomiting, aches and body pains, crawling skin, delirium, insomnia, and even seizures. Abusing benzodiazepines can even cause long term effects on the brain as it can affect a person’s memory, sensory perception, processing speed, and learning abilities.

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