Intranasal Midazolam to Treat Seizures in the Hospital
Midazolam is a medicine used to treat seizures in an emergency. In our hospital, we may
give this medicine if your child has a seizure lasting more than 5 minutes, and your child
does not have an I.V. (a catheter in the vein).
How is Midazolam given for seizures?
Your nurse uses an atomizer to put the medicine in your child’s nose as a spray or mist.
When we give it this way, it goes straight into your child’s bloodstream and there is no
need to swallow.
Why do we give midazolam instead of
Research suggests midazolam instead of
rectal Valium for patients who do not have
an IV. We have found that midazolam
given in the nose:
ξ Is safe.
ξ Is less scary for children than rectal medicine.
ξ Is fast.
ξ Sends medicine right to the blood and spinal fluid.
ξ Is less likely to build up when given more than once.
ξ Works as well as IV medicines to stop seizures.
And children and parents tell us they like it better!
Are there any side effects?
ξ Your child may feel sleepy after receiving midazolam.
ξ It may irritate the lining of your child’s nose. We feel this will be
less by giving the medicine as a spray or mist.
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