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Using midazolam nasal spray

Midazolam spray can help with breathlessness and anxiety. It can also help people who suffer with anxiety when they have episodes of pain.

You spray midazolam into your nostrils and the medication is quickly absorbed into the lining of your nose. The medication achieves its full effect within 10 minutes.

How to use the spray

Side effects

Midazolam can make you feel drowsy.


Do not drive a car or operate heavy machinery if you are sleepy.

Sometimes people don't like the taste at the back of their throat, or the sensation in their nose, but this doesn't last long.

Midazolam can also cause nasal and eye irritation.

Keep a record of use

Keep a record of when you use your midazolam spray so your doctor can check if it is working well for you. You should record:

If you have any concerns about using the midazolam spray, see your GP.

Based on Using midazolam nasal spray, a patient/carer guide, Hutt Valley DHB. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. October 2016.

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