Versed Uses

How Does Versed 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.
All medicines in this category can have these effects to some degree, depending on the specific benzodiazepine that is being taken. They work in the brain by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a brain chemical that is naturally calming. GABA can slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain. This is why Versed and other benzodiazepines are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants).

Versed Uses in Children

Versed can be used in children and adolescents and can be very useful for dental procedures in children who experience extreme anxiety and stress. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Versed in children.

Off-Label Versed Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Versed for use in other situations than those listed in this article. Currently, off-label Versed uses include treating the following conditions:
Also, a few studies have looked at using Versed to sedate children who must undergo a sexual abuse examination (which can be traumatic and embarrassing).
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