Fentanyl and versed sedation

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Avatar m tn The sedation issue is more complicated; IMHO if all I could get was Versed/fentanyl, I would skip the sedation (the doc agrees that a lot of people have trouble with this combo). Many docs rush the exam and make it painful and that's why some (a minority) insist on sedation. While typing I got a call from the CRNA who is scheduled to "stand by" with propofol/fentanyl tomorrow; my doctor scheduled her for my exam just in case I decide on drugs (it doesn't cost me anything).
Avatar n tn I remember the pain quite well in spite of a huge dose of Versed (8 mg) along with 50 mg. of Benedryl, and 100 mcg. of Fentanyl. I am overweight, but not obese. A pediatric scope was used. I have endometriosis with obliteration of the cul-de-sac and 3 ovarian cysts that were not removed during laparoscopy because they were so inaccessible (10 weeks ago). My ovaries are adhered to the back of the uterus and my rectum is likely adhered to the vagina and cervix.
Avatar n tn I can tell you they usually use medications named Versed (which is an amnesic and makes you sleepy and not remember the procedure) and Fentanyl (an IV pain medication). These two drugs together produce the sedation for the procedure and you will be comfortable. Most people don't remember the procedure at all.
1348686 tn?1310654243 Propofol (otherwise known as general anesthesia) is a lot more dangerous and has many more risks that versed/fentanyl and other sedation medications. If they use propofol, they will usually need to intubate you which means a tube will be put down your throat and it will breathe for you. I assume newpatient2011 is one of the few people that had a bad experience with versed/fentanyl, but this is not the norm and I truly recommend against propofol for something simple like an endoscopy.
Avatar m tn I have heard from reliable resources that Versed can/will eventually cause PTSD and anxiety attacks in almost %50 of the patients, since they will start remembering the pain and helplessness (if fentanyl is 80 times stronger than morphine, why should they use versed [the date rape drug]?) I'm curious to know if virtual colonoscopy can be used as an alternative. If polyps were found, then I will have to give-in to the procedure.
Avatar f tn Most endoscopy (colonoscopy and EGD) is done with conscious sedation; generally with an amnesia drug (Versed) and some painkiller. You are actually quite awake, but the Versed blunts or eliminates your memory of the procedure. Propofol produces deeper sedation, requires an anesthesia person and usually costs more.
Avatar n tn s and PAT and he was not in the least worried. By the way, they use versed and fentanyl and from what I am told these have no affect whatsoever on pvc's. You will be fine!!! The prep was no problem either. I took the pills instead of the drink. No problems with pvc's.
Avatar f tn I had to look up midazolam and that's the same as Versed. I can't stand drugs but I love Versed. Such a happy med. I've had Versed and fentanyl (for pain) during all 3 of my catheter ablations. During the cath they will have the pulse oximeter clipped to your finger and will monitor your O2 levels the whole time. If they think you're going a bit low, they'll just give you some oxygen.
592912 tn?1307406761 I had an Endoscopy last year and did not wake up during it, did not remember a thing, didnt even remember going home so I called the Dr that did that and found out he gave me Fentanyl and Versed. This Dr went up on the scale to a better drug and the other Dr went down The Dr knew that I was on Paxil long term and had been on Ativan short term. He said both can cause a person to be difficult to sedate.
Avatar m tn I have read many patient experiences about colonoscopy, some good and some are really scary, especially about the sedation....many patients have horrible experiences and seem to have encountered doctors who don't explain the side effects of the meds (amnesia, lack of pain control) and some of these are troublesome.
Avatar f tn Yes, they are safe. Most of us with cirrhosis commonly have an endoscopy and colonoscopy every year or so to screen and monitor the status of our varices. I have taken miralax many times with no adverse effects. What can more problematic is any anesthesia type drug(s) you may be given. I assume this procedure is being performed by your gastro and she/he is aware of your cirrhosis?
Avatar m tn I believe I have a more reasons than the average eye patient for this uncertainty of sedation. First, the drug Versed does not effect my memory. I have received this preoperatively for my last two surgeries. Both of my surgeries were delayed (one was delayed for 9 hours) and I can recall both preoperative procedures entirely, including who was in and out of my room, complete conversations, everything until they roll you into the surgery room.
Avatar f tn Many people have problems with twilight sedation, and the drug Versed has come up a lot as being the culprit. Therefore, you should ask the doctor to skip the Versed and instead use extra of the opiate type drug. You can find stuff online about Versed and print it out, in case you have to convince the doc of this. You should not have any problem whatsoever with opiates, they will make you feel wonderful, and there are no scary side effects.
Avatar m tn I recently had a transjugular biopsy. They gave me iv versed and fentanyl. I was conscious but very very very relaxed. The doc said It was common to sleep during the procedure. I was not asked to hold my breath. The Transjugular biopsy is safer than a percutaneous biopsy and a lot less painful.
212161 tn?1599427282 Usually versed and demerol or fentanyl is used. The versed produces amnesia and the narcotic for pain or discomfort. It's not considered a general anesthesia but sedation. Good luck.
Avatar n tn I had one horrible experience with Versed and would never do sedation again; I tried numerous docs and all refused to do colonoscopy without sedation until I found a true gastor specialist and she had done thousands of colonoscopies and a fair number without sedation although it's not the norm. She told me that the unsedated exam is safer and you get a slower more careful exam; you just have to be willing to endure a little minor cramping.
Avatar n tn I am a nurse in endoscopy and it is okay for you to have the upper endoscopy done but you should definitely not be given the sedation. It is not anesthesia, it is called conscious sedation and is generally versed and fentanyl or demerol. We ask all of our patients if there is a chance they could be pregnant for this reason.
Avatar m tn m 47 years old and had a colonoscopy. I was scared to DEATH that I would have a reaction to the versed/fentanyl cocktail. SO...I didn't get it. I had the colonoscopy without sedation and although it wasn't a walk in the park I was really glad I could just get up and go home. I'm only 106 lbs and being so tiny it was extra hard pushing that hose up there. There were only a few moments of really bad bad pain but then once he reached the top, it was a breeze pulling the thing out.
Avatar m tn My issue is that I need to have these exams done without sedation because of a previous bad experience with Versed in a dental procedure; the memory loss and nasty amnesia left me unwilling to undergo sedation again for any reason (I know that there are other agents, but I just can't do sedation). Anyway, everything that I read regarding patient experieces with these 2 exams is for sedated exams; can anyone tell me anything about getting them unsedated?
Avatar f tn The anesthesiologist used a fentanyl/versed combination; I was completely out, and don’t remember a thing about the procedure. They will probably put a rubber block in your mouth that has a hole in the middle to allow the scope to pass through, while the block protects your teeth. Susan. Make sure you follow any pre-op instructions, and you should be fine. When I came out of the fog, there was no sense that any procedure had occurred; just a slight hangover from the sedation drugs.
Avatar n tn I have had 6 colonoscopies myself and have been awake for a couple of them and had polyps removed and I felt absolutely no discomfort at all. The reason they give you versed and fentanyl is to put you in a twilight sleep so that if they ask you to move slightly, you can and do follow those orders, and to relax you. As far as long term memory impairment from the meds, in 10 yrs, that never happened with any of our patients. And your doc says she would never get this test??
Avatar m tn I would have one done without the sedation, but doctors (and outpatient) clinics insist that it must be done with sedation and that it is safer that way. Safer for who?
Avatar m tn Versed is not an opiate, is is an anti-anxiety and used for light short sedation in procedures like this or colonoscopy. I don't think there will be an issue with the suboxone and you will probably me much more comfortable taking the Versed. I would definitely tell the doctor though because they need to know the meds you are on - especially mixing a benzo type med with suboxone. Work with them and they will work with you.
Avatar m tn Like ireneo, I have had Versed and was in and out but did not really feel much pain. I did however feel it once but it was a dull ache not a jabbing pain. When it happened, I told the attending that I felt pain and he just added a tad bit more medicine to the IV. I have had 4 ablations and a pacer implant, all under conscious sedation. I also had a couple of electrical cardioversion using the same med. It would not hurt to ask about using the med. No one needs to hurt during a proceedure.
Avatar m tn Most physicans do not mention the amnesic effect of versed because they give it for sedation. And if you sedate someone, just like if you take something to help you sleep, most of the time you are not going to remember so basically the point of telling that effect is moot if you are taking a nap. I hope that this has clarified some of the confusing terms that are used when sedating or putting someone to sleep. I just wish that you had known this information prior to your incident.
Avatar m tn Hi, This is not a question but rather I just wanted to post back my experience with my ablation that I had yesterday in full to give an insight to any others who might be going through the same. I opted to go without sedation so I can remember every step of they way. My hope is it will clear up some of the mystery for others looking to do the same.
Avatar f tn I was given Versed to relax me and it has an amnesiac effect so after the ablations, most memories of what happened faded away within 24 hours. They also gave me fentanyl for any discomfort from the ablation part. All I felt when they first started the Versed was a floating feeling and I don't remember much after that. Overall the medications were closely monitored and recovery was quick. I was eating and walking down the hallway several hours after the procedure.
Avatar n tn All the stuff I can find with Google mention dangers with sedation and cirrhosis but little about sedation with moderate damage.
4356842 tn?1353312209 I've had Versed a number of times for other "things" and it a good sedation, and the stories you are reading are from an exceedingly small group of people. Typically, you wake up and within 5 minutes are wide awake, and ready to eat something. Seriously, if you are concerned about things like this, I would not go in the cath lab without any form of "sedation".