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Versed is a sedative, anxiety, and anesthesia medication that is used before or during surgeries and medical procedures. This prescription medication works to reduce anxiety, cause sleepiness, relax the muscles, and impair short-term memory by enhancing the effects of a certain brain chemical. Versed comes in the form of an injection or a syrup and is very fast acting. Side effects can include breathing problems, tenderness at the injection site, and nausea.
What Is Versed?Versed® (midazolam) is a prescription medication approved for use as a sedative, anxiety, or anesthesia medication used before or during surgeries, medical procedures, or dental procedures. It is also used to sedate people on respirators in intensive care units.
Who Makes Versed?Brand-name Versed was made by Hoffmann-La Roche, but it is no longer manufactured. Fortunately, there are several companies that make generic Versed.
How Does It Work?Versed is part of a group of medicines called benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines have several effects on the body, including:
- Reducing anxiety
- Causing sleepiness
- Relaxing the muscles
- Stopping seizures
- Impairing short-term memory.