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Doctor insights on: What Drugs Can Be Used To Help During Procedures

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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?

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

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What are the procedures for testing newborns for drug use during pregnancy?

What are the procedures for testing newborns for drug use during pregnancy?

Drug testing: The first urine void an infant has is screened for drug presence. Meconium can also be screened for drug presence. If there is a positive screen on mom, infant will be screened, or if there is positive history, many cases are also referred to child protective services. ...Read more

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Which drugs are used in a femoral bypass procedure?

Which drugs are used in a femoral bypass procedure?

Hepain and aspirin: Multiple drugs are used. Heparin, Aspirin and Plavix (clopidogrel) are commonly used as blood thinners. Others may be used depending on nature of bypass. ...Read more

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What kinds of pain killers are used during dental procedures?

What kinds of pain killers are used during dental procedures?

Pan Killers: Most people wonder about Novacaine however this name covers many drugs(mepivacaine,marcaine....) the 'caines'. They all do the same thing...block pain to the tooth in question for 1.5 to 3.0 hours generally. They are all generally safe so do not worry and consult your dentist for any other questions you may have. ...Read more

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How can the mind be used to lessen fear and pain during procedures?

How can the mind be used to lessen fear and pain during procedures?

Visual Imagery: Many times breathing techniques can allow you to relax quite abit. Other things that can help if you think of a quiet place or a place you would like to visit or even a favorite memory can be quite powerful by distracting your mind from the body's sensations. Meditation also is very helpful as well. ...Read more

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Wondering what drug is used by the surgical technologist during surgery?

Wondering what drug is used by the surgical technologist during surgery?

No drug with MD okay: All drugs administered during surgery must be ordered by a physician, either the anesthesiologist or the surgeon. Surgical technologists are generally assistants in the or acting as scrub nurses or surgical assistants, depending on the institutional definition. Neither give drugs per se. If you have specific instances, you need to provide more details. ...Read more

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Why an opiod antagonist be used before, during or after a surgical procedure?

Why an opiod antagonist be used before, during or after a surgical procedure?

Recovery: An opiod antagonist would not be used before surgery unless a person arrived impaired with hypoventilation from too much narcotics they took at home. I do not believe it would be used during surgery either. Postoperative use would be reserved for possible narcotic effect on the patient's respiratory abilities on recovering from the anesthetic after completion of the operation. ...Read more

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How effective are the sedatives used during dental procedures?

How effective are the sedatives used during dental procedures?

Depends: Effectiveness depends on the level of patient anxiety, the drug or drug combination used, the dosage, the length of the procedure and the stimulation caused by the procedure. All of these must be factored in when selecting an appropriate sedation. Consult with your dentist, physician or anesthesiologist for recommendations. Never self medicate. ...Read more

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Which procedures are used during a full STD test?

Which procedures are used during a full STD test?

Blood, urine, cultur: Blood will evaluate for: hiv, syphilis, hepatitis, hiv, and prev herpes exposures; the pap can screen for hpv, cultures or urine sample can be used to check for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomonas. ...Read more

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