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What dosage is versed used...

10/30/2006

Question:

I`ve been told that versed has to be given in small amounts and why is this necessary? I was given 9mg of versed total for my esophageal endoscopy, so how many doses would have been made? Thank you.

Answer:

Midazolam in large doses can actually induce general anesthesia, a state in which the patient is unresponsive to stimulation and has decreased blood pressure and breathing. So midazolam, and other similar agents, are usually given in small amounts. The response of the patient is then assessed over the next few minutes, and more is given as needed.

The usual dose of midazolam given to an adult patient is 1 - 2 mg at a time. So, an amount of 9 mg of midazolam administered over a half hour or so would not be excessive. But please don't try this at home!!

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Response by:

Gareth S Kantor, MD Gareth S Kantor, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University