Drug Ratings for VERSED

Average Rating: 2.7 (964 Ratings)

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 3  Colonoscopy Had demerol with versed. Do not remember any of the procedure until afterwards. Side effects were bothersome - dizziness, headache, slight nausea - lasted until the next morning. When nurse called the next day & telling her about the side effects, said they were typical and that maybe I was dehydrated (I had an IV running so how could I have been dehydrated?). I've had conscious IV sedation before (don't know what they used) with no after side effects. Don't know if I'd want it used again because of the troublesome after effects. I need to find out what I was given for a previous colonoscopy 6 yrs. ago. I guess versed works differently for everyone. F 73 1 times
1/1/2009

 5  colonoscopy drowsiness and no memory of the procedure I was drowsy for the rest of the day but next day was back to normal with no residual. I remembered everything leading up to procedure and shortly after but no recall of the procedure itself. M 38 1 days
1/2/2009

 5  Colonoscopy None. I don't remember much of what the doctor said afterwards. It took a couple hours before it totally wore off. I don't remember any of the procedure. 12 hours later, I don't feel like I even had the procedure done. F 50 1 times
1/5/2009

 1  Colonoscopy My memory of the procedure is choppy - apparently I was coming and going the whole time. I was given the "something to relax you" subterfuge and I don't appreciate being lied to. I was in pain but not agony. I think they felt like they could get away with more since they expected me to have amnesia. Versed is not a pain killer and I don't see why it is used. M 39 1 days
1/5/2009

 1  Spinal Surgery After being administered versed, a catheter was being inserted when I became violently combative. I found this out from my night nurse as I attempted to urinate that evening in the hospital. She said that 'all of the nurses' knew about my 'big fight against the catheter' in the O.R. This is the second time that I was given versed and became combative during a procedure. Always makes me nauseous after being administered... M 61 3 times
1/5/2009

 5  Endoscopy, 4 yrs. ago a colonoscopy Side effects? None I just showed up, checked out, had the procedure, returned to the here and now and was driven home. I would take this again and again any time I preferred to not be cognitively present for an event. I had absolutely nothing negative take place either time. For me, it was perfect. F 69
1/7/2009
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 5  colonoscopy None, worked as described Would certainly use again (and just did, with fentanyl, for lipoma removals). Reviews show a wide range of satisfaction, was I just one of the lucky ones? Was success due to medical staff? As with ANYTHING pharmaceutical, you just never know, there are ALWAYS exceptions. Sorry to hear of so many severe situations... M 56
1/8/2009

 5  Endoscopy No side effects except what are most common -- amnesia and sedation I would not hesitate to use this medication again. Who wants to remember swallowing in plastic snake? Prior to the procedure, I had determined to ask my wife three questions and when I started to come out from under the effects, she told me that I kept asking them over and over and over again until she refused to answer them. M 45 1 days
1/8/2009

 1  Pre-Op Anxiety I was nervous before my surgery and I too got "something to relax" me. Unfortunately, the last thing I remember was getting _more_ anxious, not less. The next thing I remember I was in recovery, shaking. Like others have said, I felt like something _bad_ had happened, but I don't know what. It is over a year later and I still get upset thinking about my experience. I will never trust Versed again to relieve anxiety. F 67 1 times
1/8/2009

 5  lung transplant Have had many endoscopies and have had versed each time. Seems the period of sleepiness lasts longer each time. The forgetfulness is shown in repeating the same comments over and over again so family gets tired of hearing the same thing. Other than that, versed is the greatest as I have no memory whatsoever of anything after the delivery of the drug in my system. Have had probably 6 instances of using versed in the past four months. F 63
1/9/2009

 5   I am an endo nurse who routinely administers Versed to patients. It saddens me that there are so many people who blame the medical community for being "sadistic" or "giving me more drugs when I didn't ask for them". No one is "lying/tricking/deceiving" you-the medication IS intended to relax and help you forget. If you appear uncomfortable during the procedure, we DO give you more-because our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible. The doctors and we nurses have concluded that it is mostly the patients who have experienced sexual abuse or traumatic experiences who have the reactions of 'violation' and 'something bad having happened'. Perhaps it is their own unfortunate experiences that cause PTSD, not the Versed? You need to sign a consent form PRIOR to being sedated (which discusses sedation and it's risks), which is your patient responsibility to read. If you don't understand it, ask. You do have the option to have the procedure without sedation. I in no way dispute that there are those who have had some of the more severe side effects from Versed, but I see 99.9% of our patients waking up feeling great-and coming back for repeat procedures with no complaints from the last time. F 35
1/9/2009

 1  Shoulder adjustment My husband is still not himself, memory loss, uncoordinated, anxiety. I told my husband not to let them give him Versed after I read about it on-line. The minute I left the room, they gave it to him anyway. He may never be the same and the out patient clinic says it can't be the Versed and he might have had a small stroke? He is only 33 and was fine except for his dislocated shoulder. I can't believe they would do this behind my back and after we told them not to use this drug. What did they do to cause him to have a stroke and act like this? Never let them use this on you!!! M 33 1 days
1/9/2009

 5  Knee Surgery Versed was great. It made me feel relaxed and "at peace" with my impending surgery. I remember the inital feeling of being dosed - a wave of calm. I also remember the activities surrounding me about 5 minutes after being administered Versed -the operating table being pulled up beside me for transfer. I was lying back and then I don't remember anything else. It felt like I just fell asleep however I was probably still conscious but short-term memory was impaired. Very impressed with Versed. Positive experience. No discomfort. I would not be afraid to use the Versed again for surgery. I give credit to the stellar competency of the HCPs at University of Pennsylvania and to the Pharmaceutical industry for manufacturing this product. F 37 1 days
1/10/2009

 1   The endo nurse whose comment appears a few below this one seems to have conferred upon herself an honorary doctorate in psychology. Using her logic, the effects of Versed are dependent upon patients' life experiences. Given such a poorly defined method of predicting adverse reactions to the drug, exactly why would she then see fit to "routinely" administer the drug? Versed is a drug that's caused the deaths of over 40 people, as reported in this NY Times article: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0CE0DB113DF937A35754C0A967958260&sec=health&spon=&pagewanted=all It has also caused intense, ongoing suffering in hundreds more, as is clear from the comments posted below. For the endo nurse to hypothesize that underlying mental problems in the patient (e.g., PTSD) -- rather than the drug itself -- are responsible for adverse reactions, is a predictable attempt to essentially demonize as "psychos" anyone who happens to object to Versed. Concerning the endo nurse's assertion that it's the patient's responsibility to read and understand the consent form, I'd say that a far greater responsibility rests with medical personnel like herself -- namely, to fully explain to patients the effects of Versed, a process which frequently does not happen. Versed is not necessary to induce or maintain general anesthesia and is used mainly to cause temporary anterograde amnesia, which medical science has apparently deemed a benefit to the patient. Versed is also the most potent benzodiazepene currently in existence. It works mainly by impairing GABAergic neurotransmission. Given the drug's potency, I think that it's naive for medical practitioners to assume that this effect is merely temporary, and that permanent damage to hippocampal neurons is not possible. It is unconscionable that this drug remains in such widespread use. M 38
1/11/2009

 5  colonoscopy; defib. surg.; c. cath. Four procedures so far. No side effects; like waking from a nap. I have some memories from the surgery, but only along the lines of "Hmm, that's interesting.." when I distinctly heard my surgeon say "Oh shit!" during the procedure. On that experience, I'd say the antianxiety effect is pretty good. I know I'm no shrink, but it seems to me that most of the people who have had a bad experience with this drug also have some pretty significant other "issues" as well. Bottom line is that during the procedure, you are partly conscious and aware that you aren't in control. If you've got control issues, you may be better off with the sledghammer anesthesia M 58
1/12/2009

 2  colonoscopy None, including the sedation supposed to take effect just before the procedure. This medication may work for those who take no other benzodiazapines. I advised the Dr. just before the procedure that I take 10mg of Valium a day and would need MORE Versed for my colonoscopy. He ignored me resulting in me having to watch the colonoscopy on the moniter while I yelled in pain. M 67 1 days
1/12/2009

 1  Cataract Operation Since the drug causes amnesia (I found out AFTER the fact) I have to go by what I was told. What they admit is that things were fine until a few minutes after they gave me Versed. I clearly did not know where I was or why I was there. I became restless and then combative, trying to get up and leave. I was not able to have the procedure since all they could do was spend the time trying to calm me down. I have never had a bad experience with an operation until this one. They recommended that I never use Versed again, but that goes without saying. F 68 1 days
1/12/2009

 2  colonoscopy Anger upon waking up, gradually becoming livid, furious anger over the next several hours. Followed by severe insomnia lasting about a week. Paranoia mixed in as I didn't know what caused me to be so angry - thought something had gone wrong during the procedure. Still have bouts of anxiety and depression three weeks after. My wife is a nurse and said this drug "whacked me out". She's seen it before in patients. What should have been a couple days of mild anxiety followed by relief at being done turned into a week of pure hell. Livid anger, persistent insomnia, paranoia & obsession to try and figure out why I was totally screwed up. I'm very level-headed and have had none of these issues before. However, I was totally out during the procedure, felt no pain (also had fentenyl) and don't remember anything until I was in recovery. Talked to my Dr. a week after and listed Versed under allergies as a drug I cannot tolerate. Will use an alternate in 5 yrs. IF I decide to allow this procedure again. M 50 1 times
1/13/2009

 1  surgery The 58-year-old male who posted a comment on Jan. 12th, like the endoscopy nurse from Jan. 9th, makes yet another convenient and predictable effort to demonize anyone who is opposed to the use of Versed. In this latest instance, Versed critics are characterized as having "some pretty significant other 'issues'" and "control issues." In other words, if you don't like Versed, you're crazy or otherwise defective. After all, the *drug itself* can't be defective or unsafe, right? (Just like Vioxx wasn't unsafe.) Still another recent comment (also from Jan. 12th) creatively implies that only people who are *already* on psychiatric drugs (translation: who are crazy - and whose viewpoints, consequently, should not be given any credence) experience adverse reactions to Versed. Again, there could not possibly be anything wrong with the *drug* - rather, there's something wrong with *you* if you have an adverse reaction to it. Um, right. Such comments beg the question: Why would any "real" person actually take time out of his or her day to discredit total strangers who have had adverse reactions to a drug? Unless that person has some kind of agenda (like protecting the continued use or sales of said drug), to do so would make no sense whatsoever. F 36 1 times
1/13/2009

 5  transesophogeal echocardio gram As near as I can tell I had no side effects. The medication was started and 30 minutes later I became aware of my surroundings again. I was told that I was responsive and cooperative during the procedure. I have no recollection of that time and, once I recovered from the sedatives also given, I was fine. This is my second experience with Versed. My first was a colonoscopy. With that procedure I remember coming in and out of awareness after the procedure. No other side effects that I recall. M 62
1/15/2009

 5  ACL Knee Reconstruction Nothing whatsoever. (Other than regret over the intense anxiety I felt beforehand, thanks in part to some of the reviews here). A single beer has more side effcts for me. I experienced Deep Sleep (whether I was sleeping by common definition or not is inconsequential, I felt like I was sleeping just like when I actually sleep), Vivid Dreams, Relaxation, Calm Mind. In other words, everything the drug is meant to do. I had an ACL Knee Reconstruction today at NYU Downtown Hospital. I had worked myself up into a wreck beforehand thanks to reading these reviews. I wanted to post a good review to provide balance. I too have an overactive a mind and anxiety over loss of control. All I could think about were the frantic warnings here that Versed would "steal my memory" and "make me a zombie". I was so scared, I almost bailed out of the pre-op room before the surgery, fearing it would alter me forever. Not to discount the individual experiences, as everyone is different, but that is not at all what I experienced. Perhaps because I discussed my fears with the anesthesiologist, or perhaps because I ultimately handed control over to professionals, but the experience couldn't have been better. I had a spinal and syatic nerve block, both of which I was relaxed for. She informed me exactly when she was administering more Versed, which I willingly accepted. Three seconds later, I was, for all M 33 1 times
1/16/2009

 5  Transesophageal echo of heart Just really sleepy even into the next day (today) I had versed for the 1st time yesterday for a TEE and it's probably the most relaxed I've felt in years - I referred to it as a little mini stress vacation for myself. I have dizziness anyway from a heart condition, but it did increase when standing for the first time. I am disturbed somewhat by so many bad experiences on this medication. I have a friend who told me she was allergic to it and became very hostile and angry. I'm glad I had such a pleasant experience, sorry for those who did not and I am sure if they can get it put in their records as an allergy, they shouldn't have the problem again. I am allergic to penicillin and could die from it, but I know it is an important drug that can save other people's lives. I agree that noone should be tricked or forced into anything, but was that really the intention from the medical staff in these cases...? F 40 1 days
1/16/2009

 1  endoscopic procedure I was calm going into the procedure, but when I felt the drug injected in me, I experienced a feeling of sheer terror and anxiety. I don't know if I was overmedicated or had a paradoxal reaction, but if I was meant to feel relaxed without a care in the world, it had the opposite effect on me. I woke up agitated, angry,and dizzy & nauseous. I became severly depressed and had anxiety for weeks later. I never expected that reaction. No individual's personal experience with Versed should be discredited by another. All drugs have bad side effects for some individuals. For me it was NOT a matter of "loss of control" - I have no fear of general anesthesia (TOTAL loss of control) but I will never allow this drug to be given to me again. EVER. F 58 1 days
1/17/2009

 1  preoperative sedation It's worth noting that many of the recent positive Versed ratings posted here seem disingenuous, and designed to boost Versed's average Askapatient rating. For example, the 81-year-old male from December 23, 2008, who gives Versed a "5". Dosages of Versed like the ones he describes are contraindicated in the elderly, so it's unlikely that any responsible medical professional would administer such dosages to an 81-year-old. Bogus comment. The endoscopy nurse from January 9, 2009 likewise gives Versed a "5," but never indicates if she has ever received Versed herself. A "5" rating means "Very Satisfied: this medicine cured me or helped me a great deal." Well, I don't doubt that Versed indeed helps MEDICAL PERSONNEL (like an endoscopy nurse) a great deal... specifically, by rendering patients docile and, as a result, more manageable. Versed does nothing, however, to help THE PATIENT. More ridiculous yet is the recent "Knee Surgery" comment from January 10, 2009... this "real person" actually THANKS THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY "for manufacturing this product." Gimme a break. The pharmaceutical industry has one goal: to sell as much product as possible, just like any other business. That's why when you turn your TV on, every two minutes you hear the phrase, "Ask your doctor about _____." The pharmaceutical industry is not an industry motivated by altruism, and it likely abhors the existence of Web sites like this, on which people can freely make comments that are critical of its products. So, to anyone who is facing the unsettling possibility of receiving Versed for a procedure.... my advice is, read the below comments with a grain of salt, and draw your OWN conclusions. M 45 1 times
1/17/2009

 5  cervical epidural No side effects for me. The drug was delivered through an IV prior to and during the 10 minute procedure. Initially, the drug felt cold as it entered my forearm, but that sensation was relatively minor. I basically just felt relaxed and it was all I needed to move through the procedure comfortably. Physiologically, it was a good experience. F 56 1 days
1/19/2009

 5  Endoscopy, colonoscopy, spinal epid No side effects, just relaxation and very sketchy memory of the procedures. Have had it for 3 endoscopies, one colonoscopy, and 3 spinal epidurals. One time I had to have an endoscopy without it because my BP was too low and I certainly missed it. It was like swallowing a snake. Would rather have Valium but they don't seem to use that much any more. It wears off pretty fast (1/2 hour) then I just want to eat a big meal and sleep for a while. No lasting effects at all. M 52 1 days
1/19/2009

 1  colonoscopy Never again, a total nightmare!! My body was paralysed, i could not move at all and felt all the pain as dr.was doing 4 biopsys. i tried to scream, finally my words STOP you're hurting me came out loud. i was given 12mg of versed and 150mg of Fentayl. This is a very large amount of Versed! Has anyone ever received copy of your medical procedure, you are entitled to it. i now have this on my medical chart to never be given versed again. Horrible side effects!!! Wish others here could list the amount of versed they were given. Also to add to this nightmare, the doctor did not stop when i screamed Stop you are hurting me! This was totally unprofessional on the doctors part!! F 49 1 times
1/19/2009
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 1  LEEP procedure/cervical dysplasia Supressed breathing, uncontrollable crying, extended memory loss, hallucinations, anxiety, depression, psychosis. Have had significant transient memory loss over the past 6 weeks since the procedure, including suddenly forgetting where I am. Had hallucinations for the first 3 weeks. Experiencing extreme anxiety, depression, had intense obsessions with random things/people lasting 2-3 days for the first 3 weeks. Sudden uncontrollable crying. Becoming less with time. Thought I was completely losing my mind until my 6 wk post-op appointment 3 days ago. Brought up the fact that this surgery was the worst thing I'd ever experienced, (I've had multiple other surgeries in the past) and Dr. mentioned it might have been the Versed. Never had it before. Was told it was "something to relax me". Previous surgeries recieved Valium, so wasn't concerned. Had spontaneous memory loss following arriving in the OR. Woke up in surgery with airway still in my throat unable to breathe, scream, or move, then was knocked back out. Woke up in recovery unable to breathe, began gasping for air, screaming bloody murder, and crying uncontrollably. Didn't know who or where I was, or why, just knew something awful had just happened to me. Was in immense pain and felt tremendous nausea, but nurse told me to "shut up" and refused pain or anti-nausea drugs. Was told my boyfriend wouldn't be allowed into recovery until I calmed down. Upon arriving home, found multiple large bruises on my arms, legs, and on L side from knee to waist. Dr. and nurses have been extremely evasive, not getting any answers. F 21 1 times
1/19/2009
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 2  Dentistry - cap over baby molar double-vision, hallucinations, strong emotions, crying, vomiting My son's dentist used it for 'conscious sedation' and told me of the side effects after it was administered. The effects lasted much longer than I was told. M 6 1 days
1/20/2009

 5  colonoscopy No side effect noted by me No nausea, vomiting,or heavy sleepy feeling. F 1 days
1/21/2009

 5  Colonoscopy I viewed the entire procedure on the monitor and heard the GI doc make a comment at the end. I don't remember being wheeled back to the recovery area and estimate I was 'out' for about 20 minutes, since I knew what time I went in to be prepped for the procedure and what time my husband picked me up. I had a slight headache that night, which worsened when I lay down;it continued for a while the next morning under the same circumstances. I have no memory of those 20 minutes but it felt like I'd had a dreamless nap; I felt good. For me, that was a plus;I avoid taking naps because I feel awful and not refreshed at all when I do. The medical staff was totally professional and I trusted them to treat me well. My HMO provided full written disclosure of the procedure in advance, including that I'd be given Versed and fentanyl. I had my ovaries removed laparoscopically (sp?) 9 years ago and back then they didn't give you this info. That's progress! I had no undue effects from the drugs then, either. F 66
1/24/2009

 1  Foot I should have never gone outside barefoot - that part is my fault. Suffice it to say I ended up in the ER and they needed at least an hour to stitch up my foot. Before they went to work the doc was chatting with me and I already said I was not nervous or particularly upset. I got the "something to relax you" line but I said "no" - I felt it wasn't necessary. You guessed it, I got it anyway. Like many here before me, I wanted to talk, but could not get the words out. I'm not sure if anything came out. I was not paralyzed, but it was difficult to move. That was bad enough, but there were times when I felt more of my foot that I cared to but there was nothing I could do to communicate my discomfort. The amnesia part did not work (as far as I know!) Even though my experience was less than perfect, I'm glad I knew what was really going on. Versed is NOT a pain killer and it seems like it actually gets in the way of good treatment. They should either get the local right or put you out. M 28 1 times
1/30/2009

 1  ear t tubes my 7 year old experienced convulsions, hallucinations, vomiting, intensse emotions. i was told he would be recieving an iv due to mh precautions and was called to recovery room to discover that the anesthesiologist had made the decision to use versed without contacting me. absolutely the scariest thing i've ever seen. the doctors would not give me answers and told me he would have to sleep it off, and they were so sorry they made a decision without me. what!!!! my son was and still is scared. this is only the begining of my effort. this procedure was done at a world renowned childrens hospital. F 30
2/2/2009
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 5  SLAP repair (shoulder) The only side effect (if you can call it that) was that I have no cognitive memory from the moment it was administered into my IV until I awoke in the recovery room. It was given to "relax" me prior to having the nerve block (optional procedure designed to make the pain a bit more bearable following the surgery - I forget the name of the procedure, but it did have one). In reading these comments, I had no idea that Versed had this effect on some. I only stumbled onto this after doing some reading up on what Versed actually was, as I'd never heard of it before. Based on my experience, if the opportunity presented itself again to require this medication, I would do so without hesitation. M 36 1 times
2/3/2009

 1  ENSDOSCOPE Please Read kenroach.com/drugsinteraction.html combinations of drugs make it worse I had 6 procedures every 6 weeks with versed. I experienced major depression lost my Job as a Senior Web Developer M 46 1 days
2/3/2009
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 4  Wisdom Teeth Extraction Side effects include complete memory block of my procedure and feeling relaxed and groggy for several hours after. I was told Versed would "help me relax". I was not told that I would experience a complete memory block. I did not research this drug prior to my procedure, so I take some responsibility for not knowing. I am grateful that I didn't have any negative side effects and am sorry for those who have. I am also grateful that I have no recollection of my procedure as I am very fearful of dentists and put this procedure off for over a year because of it. Honestly, I think I will continue to be more afraid of the procedure requiring Versed, than the Versed itself. F 50 1 days
2/6/2009

 4  Angiogram I did not know very much about this drug prior to my procedure. I was a nervous patient but they needed me awake to complete the investigation. I only have snap shots of what happened during the process. I have had no side effects from either the Versed or the angiogram. I have read the comments and I do not discount others who have had a negative experience but mine was okay. M 57 1 days
2/9/2009

 5  MRI due to severe claustrophobia A bit of a headache (could have been not having any caffeine prior to being given the medication), light-headedness, a bit of sleepiness. This drug worked for me quite well. I had no amnesia nor any other unexpected side effects. F 43 1 days
2/10/2009

 1  Endoscopic Procedure I remember being wheeled to the little room and the nurses asking me to switch to the table. I was a little nervous but nothing out of the ordinary. They gave me a Versed - Demerol cocktail and I remember getting sleepy and the next thing I remember was waking up in the middle of the procedure. I was choking and trying to get the endoscope out of my throat and the nurse was pushing me back down on the table. I was angry and in pain, but the nurse and doctor just kept yelling at me to lay down. Which means they probably shot me up with more Versed. Anyway when I woke up I was confused and scared, I couldn't be alone because I thought something was going to happen to me. I was like that for two or three days along with in and out bouts of amnesia. It took about a month for me to feel completely normal. I don't know if this is a side effect of the drug but now I can't go in a hospital because I get really bad panic attacks. This drug made me into a nervous wreck and as far as I am concerned it should be outlawed. I put that I am allergic to it on everything now, even my medical ID bracelet. M 33
2/10/2009
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 1  w/o consent for fracture I was lied to. I was told I was getting morphine. I was overdosed and stopped breathing, according to my record because I wasn't told that either. It is only by reading my record that I found out what caused my problems. Side effects are complete memory loss of treatment. I have PTSD. I am afraid of medical procedures and environments. I awoke scared of everything. I had a huge headache. I now have dreams and nightmares. I continue to have memory problems. I often lack the ability to have ordered thinking and often feel confused.Even though it has been two years. I almost lost my job and I had to repeat a year of graduate school.I get no sympathy from the doctors who treated me at university hospital in Syracuse N.Y. In fact they refuse to speak to me.I have tried lawyers to no avail.My life is now a living nightmare. I am a nurse who can no longer practice because the PTSD is so severe. I can be reached at outerlimit3@yahoo.com I would like this and other drugs off the market. Let's f F 50 11 days
2/11/2009
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 1  w/o consent for fracture I was given this drug without my consent or knowledge.I stopped breathing. I have PTSD and ongoing memory problems. When the effects of the drug wore off two days later I had a huge headache. After reading other peoples comments I now know I am not alone. This drug should be taken off the market. F 50 1 days
2/12/2009
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 5  versed Relaxed, incoherent, loopy, floating, pain free, groggy afterward I was calm and joking around with my oncologist as he burrowed a large needle into my bone for a bone marrow biopsy. I don't know how I would've gotten through it if it wasn't for the versed. I liked it- I kept asking for more! F 1 days
2/13/2009

 5  hemorrhoidectomy Had a long talk with the anesthesiologist prior to administrating the drug; I had the choice of "being put under" but that would require a breathing tube down my throat, so I declined that option. They were doing a spinal for the procedure and I joked with them about my surgeon's saying I'd be given something to put me on Jupiter. The last thing I remembered was someone saying "push the Versed" and them feeling my lower spine for a site to inject the spinal. I have NO recollection of them inserting the spinal needle and recall nothing about the procedure; my memory starts with my being rolled onto a gurney (FYI this was am ambulatory procedure) to go to recovery. I was sleepy during recovery and dozed off a few times. I had really wanted to be "under" for the procedure (anal surgery) and essentially was "under!" No side effects, but I DID get the "to relax you" line... I'm kind of a type A and want to know the gory details. I researched after getting it and am happy to have nowhere near the experience some seem to have gone through. AND this was the first actual surgery in my life. M 60 1 times
2/15/2009

 4  Cancer-related surgery None. On numerous occasions, I was given Versed when I would go in for lumbar punctures or other cancer-related surgeries. At the time, I didn't know Versed wasn't a normal "put you to sleep" drug, but simply made you forget what happened at all. But to me, that made no difference. I suffered no side effects, I came out of the operations normal and somewhat groggy, not recalling what happened after I went under, but that was just fine. I'd rather not remember a long needle being stuck into my spine, and such. This drug did its job fine for me. F 23
2/15/2009

 1  colonoscopy Several years ago I was given Versed for a colonoscopy with terrible effects. I couldn't talk or scream but felt every centimeter of the probing. My doctor said that next time he would give me more. Obviously there was something wrong with this. I went to Barnes and Noble and took out four drug books, and found in one there were four pages of side effects including paralyzing of the throat, tongue, mouth and more. My doctor had never "heard" of this. I make sure in any surgery that I do not have Versed. F 79 1 days
2/17/2009

 1   To the 79 y.o. female who posted 2/17/09: You stated you found information in books you read "...side effects including paralyzing of the throat, tongue, mouth and more." Would you please let us know what book/s you found this information.
2/19/2009
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 5  Endoscopy I just returned home after the procedure. I love versed and would most definitely use it again. A little shaky afterward, but otherwise, feel great. F 50 5 years
2/20/2009

 2  colonoscopy drastic drop of blood pressure to 86/48 completely aware of procedure,at times very painful would be afraid of being given this drug again did not find it helped first time given it received it by I/V F 77
2/23/2009

 1  dental work 6 yr old daughter complained immedietly that her tongue burned and hurt and during the procedure she became very violent- hitting and kicking the dental assistents- on the way home she had halluccenations. very bad drug!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! F 34 1 days
2/26/2009

 5  colonoscopy Was given Versed along with Demerol for a colonoscopy. They predicted I would probably 'feel great' afterwards and they were right. I remember them saying it was time to start the IV drip, rolling over on my side ... then then thing I know it's about an hour after the procedure and I'm being asked to move off the gurney to a chair, then to put my clothes back on. Side effects: Had the procedure at 10am. Still had cobwebs through the afternoon. Took a big nap mid-afternoon. Also impacts short-term memory. As I was being brought home, my spouse asked what they had given me. I said I didn't know. Then later in the day I was looking up Versed and told her what I had taken. She told me about the conversation in the car - which I totally don't remember! No wonder one of the instructions upon leaving was "Do NOT make any important decisions today." Seems like a great alternative to full anesthesia, which requires breathing assistance, etc. M 50 1 times
2/27/2009

 1  endoscopic procedure (ERCP) I woke up during the procedure, and was gagging. This was not pleasant at all. For a couple of days afterwards, I had odd memory gaps (asking people questions that they had just answered a moment before) -- amnesia, I guess you'd call it. I would never choose to use this medication again. M 54 1 days
2/27/2009

 5  Colonoscopy I got 50mg of Demerol & 4mg of Versed. I was awake the entire time (i think I was, anyway) watching the monitor, but never knew i was watching myself. I never even knew the doctor went inside me with camera gear. I remember the doctor telling me that this may be a polyp or an inflamation. I remember thinking "ummm.ok.whatever". It was a perfect, relaxing procedure performed at San Fernando Valley Surgery Center in Mission Hills, CA. I'm 227 lbs & 41 years old. The combined doses mentioned above worked like a charm for me. Never any pain, anger or discomfort - just a little tired when i got home. M 41 1 times
2/28/2009

 5  dental procedure I read a bunch of horror stories on here the night before I had my dental work and they got me quite worked up. But my dental procedure could not have gone better. In fact, this drug enables me to actually GET dental work done because I am so darn scared of the dentist that by having this to enable me NOT to know what is going on is the only way I can actually get something done. Seamless, sedation. Never knew I was going out of it and once I woke up,it seemed like zero time had passed by. F 40 1 days
2/28/2009

 5  ACL Reconstruction None at all This is a miracle drug. I have had 3 knee surgeries and I dont know how I would have gotten through them without versed. I does cause amnesia, which was great for me. I was worried about the procedure, but once I was given the drug, I relaxed, felt a bit, spacy and didnt care what was going on around me as they fixed me to the table for the procedure. All I remember each time was the doctor telling me that he was going to give me something to relax (at my request). I dont remember anything after that. If you want to remember everything, dont take this drug, but if you were nervous or apprehensive, this drug works miracles. M 34 3 times
3/2/2009

 5  EGD/Colonoscopy Drowsiness after the procedure Low dose combined with Fentanyl allowed me to sleep through the entire procedure. M 29 1 days
3/5/2009

 5  DNC for a miscarriage just sleepy afterwards, otherwise no side effects. It felt just like being put under; I can't remember anything from the procedure. F 33 1 days
3/5/2009

 1  Wisdom Tooth Was told it is some "modern" drug that to me would seem like general anesthesia but I would not have the same side effects. I found out later that it is only an amnesia drug. That explains why I recall flashes of the procedure . . .and it was not pleasant. I also think that when people are on this drug and are aware, they are actually more afraid than they normally would be. I have no fear of dentistry but the bits of the experience I can recall were scary. M 20 1 days
3/5/2009

 5  Endoscopy This happened some time ago.. I was administered Versed (Midozalam) for my procedure. Counted to 3 and was out. I don't remember NOTHING of the procedure except for this one brief moment when the Doctor was puttng the tube in my mouth. Other than that I woke a new man.. Versed is great for sleeping.. No discomfort whatsoever.. Worked wonders, didn't feel a thing!! Woke up an hour or two later and felt great! No memory loss afterwards, no nothing! M 27 1 days
3/6/2009

 1  pacemaker surgery Totally aware of entire surgery, recall conversations and even radio station/songs. Watched procedure on the tv. Thanks to Demerol, no pain. After had nausea and vomiting. THEN came my nightmare! Things like being agitated, saying "purple" over & over (?) and swearing (unlike me), hallucinating, feeling sheer terror, muscle weakness, several days of insomnia, and unexplainable sadness. Also had intense, painful angina. Did not benefit my surgery and the side effects were AWFUL. Listed as allergic reaction, but the thought it might be given again scares the heck out of me. I hope it is taken off the market!!!!! This drug should NEVER be used. To take a chance on these adverse reactions is not worth ANY "possible" benefit. The physical and emotional suffering this drug can cause a patient is NOT worth it!!!!! (This has nothing to do with pain tolerance, esp. since I've had two children using NO PAIN MEDS, w/12 & 15 hours of hard labor!) F 38 1 days
3/8/2009

 1  endoscopy colonoscopy Felt the entire exam, crying and asking them to stop but unable to move. Long-term memory loss The memory loss persists after 2 weeks and I am unable to return to work. F 32 1 days
3/10/2009

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