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Midazolam (Versed)

Also known as Versed

Midazolam is a short-acting drug in the benzodiazepine class developed by Hoffmann-La Roche in the 1970s. The drug is used for treatment of acute seizures, moderate to severe insomnia, and for inducing sedation and amnesia before medical procedures. It possesses profoundly potent anxiolytic, amnestic, hypnotic, anticonvulsant, skeletal muscle relaxant, and sedative properties. Midazolam has a fast recovery time and is the most commonly used benzodiazepine as a premedication for sedation; less commonly it is used for induction and maintenance of anesthesia. Flumazenil, a benzodiazepine antagonist drug, can be used to treat an overdose of midazolam, as well as to reverse sedation. However, flumazenil can trigger seizures in mixed overdoses and in benzodiazepine-dependent individuals, so is not used in most cases.

Source: Wikipedia

What is it prescribed for?

Patients are most commonly prescribed midazolam to treat diverticulosis, hemorrhoids, colonic polyp, and rectal bleeding.

What side effects are related?

Patients taking midazolam most commonly experience side effects like vomiting, nausea, and skin rash.

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