Versed may be prescribed prior to surgery or a medical procedure and helps to cause sedation, anxiety relief, and memory loss. The medication can be injected intravenously or taken in the form of a syrup. Versed has been approved for use in children, adolescents, and adults. Some off-label Versed uses include treating agitation and status epilepticus (very long seizures that are difficult to control).
What Is Versed Used For?Versed® (midazolam) is a prescription medication that belongs to a group of medicines known as benzodiazepines. It is 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.
Versed can be used in the following ways:
- Injected intravenously (through an IV) or directly into a muscle before surgery to cause sedation, anxiety relief, and memory loss.
- Injected intravenously before or during medical or dental procedures to cause sedation, anxiety relief, and memory loss.
- Injected intravenously as part of general anesthesia to help start the anesthesia process (called "anesthesia induction").
- Injected intravenously in people who must be on a respirator in an intensive care unit (used as a sedative, since it is very uncomfortable to be fully "awake" while on a respirator).
- Taken by mouth (in syrup form) in children before a surgery or procedure to cause sedation, anxiety relief, and 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, without the risks of general anesthesia or the need for a hospital setting.