Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Hypnovel.
It does not contain all the available information.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you using
Hypnovel against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about being given this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet.
You may need to read it again.
What Hypnovel is used for
Hypnovel may be injected as a sedative during some short medical procedures.
Hypnovel may be given to you by injection before an operation to produce sleepiness
or drowsiness and to relieve anxiety.
If you are in an intensive care unit, you may receive an infusion of Hypnovel over
several hours or days as a sedative.
Hypnovel belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepines. They are thought
to work by their action on brain chemicals. Hypnovel can cause sedation, hypnosis,
amnesia and/or anaesthesia, depending on the dose.
Your doctor, however, may have prescribed Hypnovel for another purpose.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Hypnovel has been prescribed for
Hypnovel is only given by a doctor trained to use this medicine. If you will be receiving
Hypnovel during surgery, your doctor will give you the medicine and closely follow
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Before you receive Hypnovel
Do not use Hypnovel if
you have had an allergic reaction to Hypnovel, any other benzodiazepine medicine,
or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
you have severe muscle weakness, also known as myasthenia gravis
you have a condition called acute narrow angle glaucoma
you are suffering from shock, coma or acute alcoholic intoxication
If you are not sure whether you should be given Hypnovel, talk to your doctor.
The safety and effectiveness of Hypnovel in children less than eight years of age
has not been established.
Before you receive it
Your doctor must know about all the following before you receive Hypnovel.
1) if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
Hypnovel is not recommended for use in pregnant women, especially in the third (last)
trimester or during labour. If there is a need to use Hypnovel when you are pregnant,
your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits to you and the unborn baby.
2) if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed
Hypnovel may pass into the breast milk and cause drowsiness and/or feeding difficulties
in the baby. Hypnovel is not recommended for use while breastfeeding.
3) if you have any other health problems including:
liver, kidney, heart or lung disease
high or low blood pressure
mental disorders including; depression, psychosis or schizophrenia
epilepsy (fits or convulsions)
history of alcohol or drug abuse
4) if you drink alcohol or use illicit (illegal) drugs regularly
Hypnovel can cause physical dependency, especially if you have a history of drug or
alcohol abuse, when used long-term. Your dose may be reduced gradually to overcome
5) if you are allergic to any other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines including any that you have
bought without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or healthfood shop.
Some medicines and Hypnovel may interfere with each other. These medicines include:
other sleeping tablets, sedatives or tranquillisers
fluvoxamine, nefazodone and other medicines for depression
medicines to control fits such as sodium valproate
medicines for allergies or colds such as antihistamines
chlorzoxazone and other muscle relaxants
cimetidine, a medicine used to treat ulcers
disulfiram a medicine used in alcohol abuse
erythromycin and clarithromycin, common antibiotics
diltiazem, verapamil and atorvastatin, medicines used to treat high blood pressure
or heart conditions
ketoconazole, fluconazole, posaconazole and itraconazole, medicines used to treat
ritonavir, saquinavir and other HIV protease inhibitors, medicines used to treat HIV
bicalutamide, a medicine used in the treatment of prostate cancer and for excessive
hair loss particularly in women
aprepitant, a medicine used for treatment of nausea (feeling sick) and vomiting associated
goldenseal, a complementary medicine
These medicines may be affected by Hypnovel or may affect how well Hypnovel works.
Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you what to do if you are taking any of these medicines.
They also know of other medicines to be careful with or avoid while using Hypnovel.
Tell your doctor about any medicines you are taking including those listed above before
you receive Hypnovel.
How Hypnovel is given
Hypnovel may be given to you as an injection into a vein or muscle. It may also be
given through an infusion set in an intensive care unit. Other medications may also
be given at the same time.
Your doctor will adjust the dose necessary for you. This depends on which medical
procedure you will be having, your age, weight and your general health. Elderly patients
may need to receive less.
How long is Hypnovel given
Hypnovel may be given once before a medical procedure, or continuously by infusion
for patients in an intensive care unit. Hypnovel will be stopped once there is no
further need for sedation.
If you have been given too much (overdose)
If you have received too much Hypnovel, you may feel drowsy, tired, confused, dizzy,
feel weak or become unconscious.
While you are taking Hypnovel
Things you must do
Do not take any other medicines whether they require a prescription or not without
first telling your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you feel Hypnovel is not helping you.
Things you must not do
Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how Hypnovel affects you.
Hypnovel may cause drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue, confusion and forgetfulness in
some people and therefore may affect alertness. Make sure you know how you react
to Hypnovel before you drive a car or operate machinery, or do anything else that
could be dangerous if you are drowsy, dizzy or not alert.
Do not have any alcohol for at least 12 hours after you have been given Hypnovel.
Things to be careful of
Be careful if you are elderly, unwell, drinking alcohol or taking other medicines.
Some people may experience side effects such as drowsiness, confusion, dizziness and
unsteadiness, which may increase the risk of a fall.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well after you
have received Hypnovel.
In addition to the beneficial effects of Hypnovel it is possible that unwanted effects
will occur during treatment, even when it is used as intended. All medicines can
have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You
may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
All medical procedures which involve the use of an anaesthetic have a very small risk
which your doctor will discuss with you.
In elderly, or high risk patients, death has resulted rarely due to a slowdown of
the heart and lungs.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
drowsiness, tiredness, reduced alertness
loss of memory, inattentiveness, confusion, lack of concentration
headache, hangover feeling in the morning
pain, redness or hardness at the injection site
muscle stiffness or inflammation of the vein
feeling sick with or without vomiting
Tell your doctor immediately or go to casualty at your nearest hospital if you notice
any of the following:
difficulty breathing or wheezing
changes in pulse rate and blood pressure
sudden anxiety or excitation
hallucinations, unusual mood or delusions
severe sleep disturbances
allergic reaction - sudden signs such as rash, itching or hives on the skin, swelling
of the face, lips, tongue which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing and
other parts of the body
These are serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention. Serious side
effects are rare.
This is not a complete list of all possible side effects. Others may occur in some
people and there may be some side effects not yet known.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell, even
if it is not on this list.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand anything in this list.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any
After taking Hypnovel
Hypnovel will be stored in the pharmacy or on the ward. It is kept in a cool dry
place where the temperature stays below 30°C. It should be protected from light.
What Hypnovel looks like
Hypnovel is a clear colourless to yellowish solution.
Active ingredient - midazolam
each ampoule of Hypnovel 5 mg/5 mL and 5 mg/1 mL contains 5 mg midazolam
each ampoule of Hypnovel 15 mg/3 mL contains 15mg midazolam
Hypnovel ampoules 5 mg/5 mL and 5 mg/1 mL come in packs of 10.
Hypnovel ampoules 15 mg/3 mL come in packs of 5.
water for injection.
Hypnovel is distributed by:
Roche Products Pty Limited
ABN 70 000 132 865
Level 8, 30-34 Hickson Road
Sydney NSW 2000
Medical enquiries: 1 800 233 950
Please check with your pharmacist for the latest Consumer Medicine Information.
Australian Registration Numbers
Hypnovel Injection 5 mg in 5 mL
AUST R 13779
Hypnovel Injection 5 mg in 1 ml
AUST R 13726
Hypnovel Injection 15 mg in 3 mL
AUST R 13727
This leaflet was prepared on 28 February 2018.