Versed and fentanyl for 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 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 I have a pretty high pain tolerance so this experience was a surprise for me. I had an upper endoscopy a few years ago and was given 6 mg. of Versed and 200 mcg. of Fentanyl and don't remember a thing. I don't mind remembering, but I don't want to be in pain.
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 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 Colonoscopy is quite tolerable without sedation; it's safer and you will get a better exam without sedation. You acn get the exam without sdation and with painkiller only (fentanyl), but most gastros will insist on sedation because it's easier and quicker for them to do the exam; and unfortunately they often treat the patient roughly because they know that the patient will have partial amnesia.
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 ve been sedated for procedures with the same medication they typically use for colonoscopies (Versed) and for me the medication made my heart feel better, not worse.
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 In 5 years time, there wont be any use of versed and fentanyl (makes you walk around like a zombie for 12 hours afteward) and everyone will be requesting propofol.
Avatar n tn As far as the Versed goes tho you have to remember that your body is actually awake its just your mind that is in the twighlight stage and that was what i chose when it was pulled and no issues at all....i also had Versed when i had my ablation done and whats to say about it? You are twighlighted and the only thing i can think of that was semi negative for me anyway was that i couldn't remember a thing about the procedure and that was a good thing.
Avatar n tn Agree with your no-sedation stance, and thanks for sharing your search and story. However, I don't believe your lying doctor at all. Why would you "fall asleep" in a procedure that takes 20min to half an hour? With something moving in painful ways inside you and air blown into you? She DID give you anesthesia, and you forgot it. Short term memory loss from whatever she drugged you with. The fact that she lied to you is the saddest, most hideous thing of all.
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 It's not unusual for them to use Versed which creates a conscious sedation. That sounds like an oxymoron but you feel like you're floating and tend to doze off. They can ask you questions if needed but after the procedure, you tend to forget any bits and pieces that you might remember at the moment. They also gave me fentanyl for any pain that may have occurred during the ablation process. Extra beats, usually called ectopics, are difficult to pin down during an ablation.
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 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.
465516 tn?1302553328 I've had 3 ablations (bratty heart!) and they weren't bad at all. The Versed acts like an amnesia drug. You might be able to talk to people when they talk to you but by the next day, you won't remember any of it. The fentanyl controls any pain/discomfort that comes with an ablation. They aren't out to hurt you. They just want to fix your heart. Sedation may carry some risks but this procedure doesn't require full out anesthesia. It's called conscious sedation.
Avatar n tn As much as I worry about sedation for a child, I feel it is essential for him given his personality. Can they give him versed (to ease the stress from the IV and catheter) and then sedate him during the test? Any suggestions? Help! Thank you.