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Versed Side Effects
3 yr old needs pulpotomies & crowns. Prone to allergies. Which is safest w/ fewest risks or side effects- Versed, Hydroxyzine or Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride)? Thanks!
Anesthesiologist: Or experienced Pedodontist are the best to judge after examining the child, insufficient information and limited platform for assessment and decision making, good luck ...Read more
Versed: It can usually be used safely. There is a drug that can rapidly reverse it's 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Had colonoscopy wed of this week. When does the effects of the meds given wear off? Versed, Propofol and some nausea med. Colonoscopy was negative!
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 effect epilepsy by helping break an episode. Obviously, because it is a sedative drug, other anti-epileptic medications are preferred to prevent attacks. ...Read more
Midazolam: I use Midazolam routinely on a daily basis. Used appropriately and judiciously it is an excellent addition to 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer