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Versed® is the brand name for the drug Midazolam. Versed is used to treat insomnia, seizures however, it’s most common use is for inducing sedation and amnesia during medical procedures and for sedation of intensive care patients. Versed is also used in end of life care to calm patients anxiety and restlessness. In combination with other anti psychotic drugs, Versed is also used to treat schizophrenia when it is accompanied by aggressive behavior.
Versed is a fast acting but short lasting benzodiazepine that results in anti-convulsant, sedation, hypnotic, muscle relaxation, anxiolytic, and anterograde amnesia properties. Versed can be administered intravenously, subcutaneously, intra-nasally, orally or buccally
Some people who use Versed may experience side effects. Side effects that people who take Versed should be aware of include:
When taken during pregnancy, especially in the third trimester, babies born to mothers who take Versed have a high risk for being born with benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome that can last for weeks or months after birth. It is recommended that women who are pregnant, considering pregnancy or breastfeeding not take Versed.
The elderly also have special risks if they take Versed because of slower metabolic rates. This makes them more prone to adverse effects like drowsiness and confusion and increases their risk for falls.
In addition to the elderly and pregnant women, Versed is contraindicated for the following populations:
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