, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 191-192

Pharmacokinetics of midazolam in critically ill neonates

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Midazolam is a water soluble benzodiazepine, with a short elimination half-life in adults and children. An IV bolus of midazolam 0.2 mg · kg−1 was administered to 10 critically ill neonates receiving intensive care who required sedation.

The plasma clearance was 6.85 ml · min−1 and the elimination half-life was 6.52 h. Midazolam was well tolerated during and after administration.

Because of its short half-life compared to diazepam, midazolam could be used during the neonatal period to produce brief rapid sedation.