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Midazolam: I use Midazolam routinely on a daily basis. Used appropriately and judiciously it is an excellent addition to armamentarium of a skilled anesthesiologist. I find it an indispensable adjunct to my practice and to my patient's comfort and often desire for an amnestic effect peri-procedurally. ...Read more
Why are there so many "horror stories" and people saying not to get Versed during a procedure? Isn't it supposed to be a safe drug?
Sedative: Versed(Midazolam) is a Benzodiazepine which is routinely used for sedation during surgical procedures. It helps alleviate anxiety and provides some form of amnesia. As with every kind of drug, it does have its "negative" effects like respiratory depression but if used in the correct context under direct supervision of a physician there is usually minimal side effects. ...Read more
Versed: It can usually be used safely. There is a drug that can rapidly reverse its effects. Although the incidence of respiratory depression/arrest is low (0.1-0.5%) when Midazolam is administered alone at normal doses,  the concomitant use with CNS acting drugs, mainly analgesic opiates, may increase the possibility of hypotension, respiratory depression, respiratory arrest. www.wikipedia.com. ...Read more
Is versed a horrible drug to get? I heard you can feel pain but that drug makes you forget that you felt pain during surgery!?
It causes amnesia : It is not a horrible drug. It causes amnesia which is temporary. ...Read more
Could be one: Versed (midazolam) is a strong benzodiazepine tranquilizer given in supervised medical settings before medical/surgical procedures (or childbirth) to reduce anxiety ; cause sedation. It is available as an injection or orally, and the latter has been reported as a date-rape drug. Such use is both illegal and very dangerous even if sexual assault does not occur ; much more so if it does. ...Read more
I have a serious allergy to penicillin and midazolam and the doctors said I should be careful of drugs, does this mean im allergic to drugs like weed?
Allergy 2 penicillin: The allergy extends to any member of the penicillin class. Caution about using substances of unknown provenance is appropriate if your allergy is significant. One needs to be assured there are no penicillin related contaminants in the substances used. Weed is known to harbor many types of mold, a penicillium species might present in some plants. ...Read more
Rfractory seizures in meningoencephalitis not responding to 4 anti convulsion drugs, like midazolam, levitricetum, eptoin and gardinal, what next?
Doubt meds will work: After 3 or 4 drugs, the chance of success is below 4-5% at best, and unless you have some metabolic imbalance, you should consider a more aggressive approach such as a vagal nerve stimulator or even a surgical procedure. Get evaluation at a local medical school and see what might be available for you. ...Read more
Don't self med: Versed is a strong, short acting sedative. It must be administered by a properly trained health professional in a controlled setting. That means proper monitoring of blood pressure, oxygen saturation, heart and respiratory rates, among other things. There must be equipment on hand to support breathing and manage medical emergencies. It is not intended to be self-administered. ...Read more
Would an injection of the drug midazolam (or any other GABA agonist) cause inhibition in the brain?
Yes: You are correct, in sufficient dose it would ...Read more
Low BP, apnea, etc.: Midazolam/versed is a fast acting medication (related to benzodiazepines) that works on the GABA receptors. Used peri-operatively to produce sedation and retrograde amnesia (helps you forget pain). Because it has a short half-life (1.5 to 3 hours), it is often preferred over diazepam. Side effects can include oxygen desaturation, lowered blood pressure, respiratory depression, and GI distress. ...Read more
Yes: Versed, the trade name for the generic midazolam, is a benzodiazepine drug, used to break status epilepticus (where seizures are continuous and uncontrollable). So, yes, midazolam will affect epilepsy by helping break an episode. Obviously, because it is a sedative drug, other anti-epileptic medications are preferred to prevent attacks. ...Read more
Rarely, if at all: Versed, also known as midazolam, is a benzodiazepine. This is the class of drugs valium belongs to as well. These drugs have sedative and anxiolytic properties and are extremely safe when taken as prescribed, or administered by a healthcare provider in a monitored setting. From a pharmacologic perspective, benzodiazepines have a large margin of safety. ...Read more
6-8 hours: The clinical effects, meaning sedation and pain relief, may not be apparent but the metabolites and their effects are still in your bloodstream. Other factors can influence how long these meds have an effect and stay in your body. This is why as a general rule, patients are given a full 24 hours to have them clear from their systems. ...Read more
Yes: Benzodiazepines, such as Versed are the standard pre-anesthesia IV medication that helps calm your nerves. ...Read more
Excellent drug: Midazolam or versed is a sedative- hypnotic with amnestix qualities. It does not supply retrograde amnesia so it does not erase your memory of events already passed but gives antegrade amnesia so you may not remember what happens during the procedure. If you want to be aware if the procedure and remember everything, doing it wide awake and without any sedation is the only sure way. ...Read more
OCD vs OCPD: Ocpd is a personality structure characterized by certain dysfunctional beliefs, hoarding, extreme "moral" views, problems relating and more. Not the same as ocd, but often related. Thrapists with skill in this area are best. Psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral approaches can be effective. The person needs to come to realize that they have a problem and commit to treatment. ...Read more
Sleepy and happy: In most of the patients it will make them sleepy, happy and they will not remember what happened to them after they got the drug until they wake up. As with all benzodiazepines a small group might experience exitation. ...Read more
Sleepiness, mainly: Versed (midazolam) is a medication in the same family as valium. It helps relax you and provides sedation for procedures such as endoscopy or minor surgery. It can be used before general anesthesia as a premedication to help you relax. Usually the only effects are drowsiness and amnesia. If you are having general anesthesia, other drugs will be needed in addition. ...Read more