How should I give buccal medication?

Buccal medications like midazolam need to go into the space between the inside of the cheek and the teeth, which is called the buccal cavity. Your doctor or nurse will show you what to do.

  • The medicine quickly gets from the cheek into the bloodstream to stop the seizure. If you put the medication into the middle of the mouth, it will not work as well because it cannot get into the blood as quickly.
  • Your child does not need to swallow the medicine (though it is not harmful if they do swallow it, it will not work as well).

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your health care providers. If you have any questions, talk with your doctor or others on your health care team. If you are a Gillette patient with urgent questions or concerns, please contact Telehealth Nursing at 651-229-3890.