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Versed® (midazolam) is a prescription drug that is often used before or during surgeries, medical procedures, or dental procedures. Because Versed is very fast acting, it can help start the anesthesia process, relieving anxiety and causing memory loss.
One of the most useful properties of Versed is its ability to cause memory loss (amnesia) for a few hours. This is very useful when a patient needs to be awake and responsive during a surgery or procedure that may be uncomfortable or stressful. This is often called "conscious sedation," as the patient is sedated but conscious. Typically, people do not remember anything about the procedure and think they were "out" the whole time.
When used for conscious sedation, Versed gives people the sensation of being under general anesthesia, but without the risks of general anesthesia or the need for a hospital setting.
(For more details on why healthcare providers prescribe this drug, including off-label uses, click Versed Uses.)
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