refuse colonoscopy "sedation" if you want your brain intact
"I'm a pharmacist with 30 years expreience; I always laughed when patients told me about the horrible experiences that they had with Versed; after all, it's only "like valium" isn't it? wrong! I'm sick of talking to patients who have long-term memory loss and nightmares from this garbage..............if your gastro "INSISTS" ON sedation, find another gastro who trats you like a person, most if not all, health-care professionals have colonoscopy done unsedated....why not you and me?? because the unsedated exam takes a few minutes longer.......they don;t want to waste time...just got an unsedated colonoscopy; the "secret" option, it was great!! but you won't have this option unless you are an insider...drug you up, you lie impobe and in pain then go home to nightmares adn they don;t care.........glad I'm an insider." from Jerry of MO
Sedation free is better-get it in writing
"I told the doc "no sedation" because of personal preference and because of all of the Versed horror stories that I have heard from nurses in the hospital where I work. He agreed to no sedation, but when I reported for the test, out popped a chatty CRNA who tried to get me to sign a consent for propofol, which I refused; she said "I though that you only objected to Versed sedation?" i again told her no sedation. Then she tried to sell me on fentanyl, again I said no. This continued until I finally told her "honey, you don't have anything that I want" and she tried to start an IV! I told her to get lost. Then the GI doc came in and had a hissy fit because I wasn't drugged up; he said that the unsedated patients slow him down too much. So I said I guess my wishes and the fact that you agreed to no sedation is meaningless? Again no meaningful answer until the CRNA asked point blank if he promised to do the exam unsedated and he said that he did but that sedation was a better idea. The CRNA then told me to wait and wheeled me into the waiting room, then she returned with another GI doc who apologized for the first GI jerk and she asid that she would do the exam unsedated. The CRNA again asked if she could start an IV just in case so I agreed (she was now my only advocate). The CRNA said that she would have painkiller ready to go, only if I asked for it during the exam. The unsedated exam was easy, painfree and it was great to watch the CRNA berate the first GI doc for lying to me." From Joe of Ohio.
Versed is a terrible drug; you may regret getting it!
As a nurse practitioner, I often recommend colonoscopy to patients who need one. But, most are done with the amnesia drug Versed and way too many patients report very traumatic experiences with this drug, permanent memory loss and depression. Fully 10% of our patients who receive Versed report a permanent decline in memory or cognitive function. 10% is HUGE!!! I would never recommend that anyone get a colonoscopy with Versed, nor would I ever consent to this drug bein used on any member of my family. Check out versedbusters ofr honest patient reviews of this drug; also askapatient. The comments will curl your hair. The use of this drug makes me sick." From Nursenancy of PA
Colonoscopy sedation with Versed is often traumatic
"Colonoscopy is often done with Versed, which is a date-rape benzodiazepine; so-called because it renders the victim imoble, and amnesic. Versed is an invatation to patient abuse. We recently studied 100 of our patients who had colonoscopy with Versed and fentanyl; fully 10% reported long-term memory loss and severe depression, several are actually disabled and in the process of suing or settling a lawsuit over the use of Versed. I would never recomment colonoscopy or any other procedure if this drug was used. It's just not worth it. When 10% of the patients have an awful experience, it's time to stop using the drug. Sadly, the endo centers just want to get the patient out the door. It makes me mad and sick." From nurspractitioner of Ca.
colonoscopy-sedation is entirely optional
"Colonoscopy sedation is optional; it's often insisted upon by uncaring gastro docs who want to do the exam quickly (to make more money) and they like to use amnesia drugs such as Versed so that the poor patient has temporary amnesia of a painful, roughly done exam. Most colonoscopies can be done without drugs if the gastro just takes a little care and time to be gentle. If the scope "loops" or if they have to use a lot of air to inflate the colon, it can be a little uncomfortable, but it's not bad. Two options are propofol (need to habve an anesthesia nurse, and you think that you are asleep) or just painkiller (fentanyl). Personally, I coose nothing but a caring gastro who takes her time and I have had 3 without drugs. The "sedation" is the most dangerous part of the exam and is for the gastros benefit not yours. Amnesia drugs such as Versed are terrible; they do nothing for pain; I'm a nurse and have seen a lot of people moaning and some screaming with Versed and the small amounts of painkiller given while the doc and nurses literally laugh "they won't remember this"...trouble is: most people do remember the horrible experience in time and have nightmares.....all because the gastro is in a rush and treats patients like amnesic pieces of meat, not human beings." From Sue of PA.
As you can see, our complaints about Versed, the unethical sneaky administration of Versed, the treatment we receive after getting it, the long term side effects and the real reason we are getting poisoned with Versed are not merely the feverish imaginings of an insane mind. Medical people who actually care about their patients are not liking what they see either.