Dr Mark Moore


Anesthesia Medications


Mark Moore, MD
Tallahassee Anesthesiology, PA

Anesthesia Medications

Midazolam

Midazolam
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Midazolam: Midazolam also known by its brand name Versed is classified as a benzodiazepine sedative hypnotic. It is often given preoperatively to reduce anxiety and initiate sedation. Benzodiazepines are used for preoperative preparation, sedation, induction of anesthesia, and may be used to suppress seizure activity. An important and desirable effect of midazolam is that it produces anterograde amnesia or the suppression of recall after administration. Other favorable effects include minimal ventilation depression, minimal cardiovascular depression, rare incidence of physical dependence, absence of allergic reactions, and the ability to quickly counter the effects with a selective benzodiazepine antagonist. Side effects to be aware of may include feeling a “hangover,” lethargy, muscle or joint pain, mental depression, distortions of mood, impaired coordination, and in some cases restlessness before falling asleep.