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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 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
Rarely, if at all: Versed, also known as midazolam, is a benzodiazepine. This is the class of drugs valium belongs to also. 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer