The Versed dosage you will receive during surgery or a procedure will be "individualized," as one specific dose does not work for everyone. The Versed dose your healthcare provider administers will be based on several factors, such as your age and weight. Your healthcare provider will carefully increase or decrease your dose based on how you respond to the drug.
The dose of Versed® (midazolam) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age and weight
- The degree of sedation, amnesia, or anesthesia desired
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your Versed dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Your healthcare provider will choose a starting Versed dose for you based on several factors. However, your healthcare provider will carefully adjust your dose, increasing it if you are too alert or anxious, or decreasing it if you have breathing problems or other serious Versed side effects. It is very important for your dose to be "individualized," as one Versed dose does not fit all people.
Some considerations for people taking Versed include the following:
- Versed comes in two forms -- an injectable form and a syrup form. The syrup form is meant for children who do not need an IV for any other reason (and who are likely to be afraid of an IV injection).
- Because Versed is typically used before a surgery or procedure, you may need to have an empty stomach. Prior to your surgery or procedure, be sure to ask your healthcare provider for instructions.
- For Versed to be used safely, your healthcare provider must be equipped with the training and equipment necessary to handle breathing problems that Versed can cause. Ask your healthcare provider if he or she is prepared to handle a breathing problem or emergency, especially if Versed will be used in a clinic or office setting (such as a dentist office), rather than in the hospital.