Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Fed Up

I am fed up with people claiming that there is no danger in using Versed. I have seen posters on Brad's blog and others take us to task for saying that Versed can cause patients to stop breathing etc. Here is an excerpt from a medical journal; Please note the starting dosage, (what was your starting dosage? Double what is recommended I'll bet!) and the warning about cessation of breathing... Did they tell you anything about this when they foisted Versed off on YOU?

1. Midazolam (Versed)

Adults 1mg IV initially. May be titrated in 1 mg increments over 2 minutes with 2 minutes

in between each dose.

Maximum dose: 6 mg.

Children 0.1 mg/Kg/dose (may need 0.4 – 0.6 mg/Kg to obtain intended effect)

Maximum dose: 6 mo – 5 yrs – 6 mg total

6 yrs – 12 yrs – 10 mg total

Warning Midazolam IV has been associated with respiratory arrest, especially when used for

conscious sedation.

Never give the initial dose and all subsequent doses as a


Use 1 mg/mL concentration or dilute to 1 mg/mL with 0.9% sodium chloride

or dextrose 5% in water.

Here's another one:Midazolam injection may cause serious or life-threatening breathing problems such as shallow, slowed, or temporarily stopped breathing that may lead to permanent brain injury or death. You should only receive this medication in a hospital or doctor's office that has the equipment that is needed to monitor your heart and lungs and to provide life-saving medical treatment quickly if your breathing slows or stops. Your doctor or nurse will watch you closely after you receive this medication to make sure that you are breathing properly. This one is from medline, here's the full link Midazolam Injection: MedlinePlus Drug Information

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