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User Reviews for Midazolam to treat Light Sedation

Also known as: Nayzilam Seizalam

Midazolam has an average rating of 4.3 out of 10 from a total of 59 ratings for the treatment of Light Sedation. 36% of users who reviewed this medication reported a positive effect, while 59% reported a negative effect.

Midazolam Rating Summary

4.3/10 average rating

59 ratings from 58 user reviews.

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Reviews for Midazolam

Whoops · Taken for less than 1 month July 13, 2021

“So, I left a review here about how the versed didn’t work. It’s been 4 hours and *now*, that I’m home, and not with doctors or anesthesiologists, it hit. Hard. 4 hours later. I’m very confused, because it was done “main line” aka, directly intravenously. So….I’m not sure how this is possible.”

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Sadly unsedated July 13, 2021

“I don’t usually like to complain about things, especially pharmaceuticals, but honestly what the actual!. I am a 5’0 85 pound woman, who usually can handle 0.5-1mg of Clonazepam but it makes me loopy. During the gastroscope procedure I was told I would be awake but feel sort of drunk, and not remember the procedure. The nurse said “we’ll administer the sedative now”, so I’m all “okay.” Scope goes in, and I’m gagging and admittedly a little anxious, waiting for the 4mg of Versed to kick in. Nothing. I was fully coherent, aware, anxious and ADHD as always, and attempting to speak during the procedure. I remember it all, could have easily driven myself home. It wasn’t the worst procedure in the world, I’ve got a laundry list of medical traumas, so this was a walk in the park. But still, this drug had absolutely 0 effect on me. Other patients alongside me after the same procedure/dose were dead asleep!”

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Moonsunthing · Taken for less than 1 month June 27, 2021

“Terrible. It didn’t do anything at all. I am 18 and have terrible anxiety and we paid extra money for sedation just for me to get a tooth pulled because my anxiety was that bad. I read the name and remembered this is what they gave me. I’m so glad I’m not alone that it didn’t work though. I remember everything. I remember crying under the face mask they had shoved over my eyes, and trying to show my discomfort with my body. They administered more, but it didn’t do anything. It’s terrible. I’m surprised it’s even used after reading all of these. I’m now even more scared of the dentist than I was before. It was traumatic and terrifying.”

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Nicolle m February 9, 2021

“Interesting to read other people’s experiences. I was in for a trans-oesophageal echocardiogram (TOE) procedure (a probe into the airway down to the heart and underneath to take pictures of the heart). I had 5mg midazolam by IV and this drug didn’t touch me. Wide awake throughout and asking the Dr to remove the probe as I couldn’t suffer it for any longer. Disappointed. They were saying that 2 mg would usually knock out a rugby player. I’m a slim woman in her late 40s who drinks occasionally and doesn’t take drugs other than blood thinners!”

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Friend · Taken for 2 to 5 years December 12, 2019

Versed (midazolam): “Although I have too enjoyed Versed, I'm writing this as a witness to what my friend went through. My buddy dislocated his arm for the second time. After learning about Versed and memory loss he asked to be knocked out. The Doctor refused and rather insisted on Versed with plenty of Demerol. The drugs were given and my friend laid comfortably until it was time. The Doc and helper started trying to put his arm in. That's when the screaming began! While under the drugs my friend was communicating (yelling/crying) with the doctor, begging him to put him out. He even told the doctor, "I'll remember this". It was a lengthy painful struggle but the arm finally popped in. My friend then quickly fell asleep. Once he came to, he didn't remember a thing! Witnessing that, I've have disturbed feelings about the drug.”

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H · Taken for less than 1 month January 12, 2021

“Given 2.5mg of Midazolam for sedation during upper GI endoscopy. It didn't do a thing. I was fully awake, fully knew what was going on, could feel everything. Had to have head held as was gagging so much . This drug had no effect on me whatsoever.”

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MC · Taken for less than 1 month February 26, 2020

Versed (midazolam): “My dad was given versed during a colonoscopy at the VA and he never recovered his memory. He was absolutely independent prior to the versed. He was robbed of the rest of his life because of this drug.”

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Kstell November 19, 2019

“Had Midazolam this morning to help me with an endoscopy I was terrified of having. It did absolutely NOTHING. I was wide awake through the whole thing and panicked and wretched through the whole procedure. I remember all of it too, including the doctor telling a student ‘see how the texture changes in the duodenum? Looks like toblerone!” It was awful.”

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Versed Busters · Taken for less than 1 month August 16, 2020

Versed (midazolam): “Had paradoxical reaction before hernia repair - was supposed to be light sedation but instead had to be put under to finish the surgery. Had anxiety attacks for years after. Had numerous operations - before and since - with nothing but local, and they were fine. Two hand surgeries involved Fentanyl, which I have no issue with. For me, Versed is the PCP of Benzodiazepines.”

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Magoo · Taken for less than 1 month April 8, 2021

Versed (midazolam): “I was given Versed twice for cataract surgery. First surgery went perfectly, and I had the sensation of being asleep and then awakened in recovery. The second surgery a month later resulted in a situation where I remembered every aspect of the surgery, but had no pain, likely due to the anesthetic eye drops being used. I will not choose this drug for anesthesia again.”

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horrified · Taken for less than 1 month May 7, 2021

Versed (midazolam): “Had what I swore was PTSD after horrific experience with IV versed for cardiac cath- could not move nor talk but knew it was taking way to long. Was uncomfortable from positioning and kept having waves of impending death. Now I need cataract surgery and allowed them to convince me that the cath experience was due to how gravely ill I was and the fact that it was a lengthy procedure. 1st eye went OK-partial amnesia, no pain but again feeling of impending blindness/death. Procedure only took 10 min which I could deal with. 2nd eye, another horrific event. After procedure given tylenol and ushered out the door. Sorry state of American health care. I went home and took tramadol. PS-shame on me I am an RN and should have known better but in my area if you ask to many questions or complain they throw you out of practice and supply well exceeds demand so what can you do. No more invasive care for me EVER !!!!”

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Bec · Taken for less than 1 month January 9, 2020

“This midazolam didn't work at all on me as a sedative. I had a gastroscopy today and can remember it all and could feel everything, it was horrible. I wasn't sleepy at all. I felt like the sedative didn't work at all, so there wasn't any point having sedation.”

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19937839929919 August 9, 2016

Versed (midazolam): “Went in to get a celiac plexus block. Was given three doses of versed. Kept telling the docs that I was fully awake, aware, and very anxious because what they were doing hurt considerably. I have been put under for multiple procedures, and know the point when you are starting to go "out." This never occurred. They just kept repeating that I was fine and I would "forget everything." To which I kept reiterating that I would not and the versed wasn't working. They might as well have given me water in my IV. I ended up jumping off of the table, and had to leave. My main doctor's office that referred me to have the procedure kept telling me that there's no way I would remember anything. Wish that was the case. Would not recommend.”

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NeoBaby May 21, 2019

“For all those with bad experiences on midazolam look up the side effect of paradoxical reaction. I had this evil drug given for colonoscopy/gastro within seconds of it being given I was wide awake fully alert was being forcibly restrained and shouted out to “ top being so stupid” and “ just swallow you idiot” , I was trying to get off the table I was so terrified , years later I was told it was a paradoxical reaction . I always list this drug as being allergic and write on all consent forms “ I will not consent to midazolam in any circumstances “ despite this I still had smart (?) Drs who refuse to believe and try to give it last time I was given it without consent and was violently unwell for 3 days after as having this reaction I kept on reacting , they give this to you “ only so you have No Memory if the procedure it’s a nasty drug . Please everybody who’s had a bad time make sure it’s written on your consent forms that you are allergic and list as an allergy.”

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monica · Taken for less than 1 month May 28, 2020

“I went into hospital today for a gastroscopy investigation - I was given 2mg Midazolam - I had also explained to the doctor that I have difficulty swallowing and that I would like to have a very strong sedation to send me to sleep and also to prevent me from feeling any pain during the procedure. How ever although I had a needle inserted at the back of my hand prior to going into the Theater I do not remember or see any one giving the injection. I was wide awake and very uncomfortable when they were trying to make me swallow the tube which had to be abandoned because I just could not swallow the tube-”

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No Versed For ME! · Taken for less than 1 month January 1, 2017

Versed (midazolam): “I was given Versed during a surgery on 12-27-2066, starting on 12-28-20016 and through the next two days I have been having periods when my heart starts beating wildly for no reason and other periods that it seems to slow and flutter. I needed to return to Dr.'s office for an EKG, but nothing was happening during the time of the test, so he saw nothing. This should pass in time, but who wants to mess with this for days to weeks after surgery? Five days after surgery I still can't focus my eyes together properly, and my vision is still blurry, and I am l a little dizzy. Close up objects are perceived as double.”

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LisaKay91911204 · Taken for less than 1 month August 14, 2016

Versed (midazolam): “I had 3 surgeries within 3 months as a teen. This drug is what the pre-op physician gave me 1-2 minutes prior to wheeling me back into surgery. It is supposed to calm nerves but it had the opposite effect for me. I was very nervous about the surgery so I was given syringe of it in my hand 1-2 minutes prior to them wheeling me back. It caused instant anxiety and impending feelings of doom. I was hyperventilating/blubbering/crying/freaking out as they put me to sleep. My surgeon was in tears and was petting my head to calm me. I ask for no IV pre-sedatives now.”

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kbee July 11, 2012

Versed (midazolam): “I was given Versed as a sedation for 3 colonoscopies. It is great. After the procedure I have no grogginess and it is fast acting and doesn't linger throughout the day. My last procedure I was given propofol. It was terrible. I was sick for 2 days. I will definitely have Versed used here on out as long as its available.”

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L. Camino · Taken for less than 1 month June 25, 2016

Versed (midazolam): “Following major jaw surgery, wires and screws were to be removed from my upper jaw, extending all the way to my eye sockets. I arrived at the center, was asked to sit in a dental chair, and had both arms strapped down. I wondered about that. Then, versed was administered. Off to neverland? Never. When I awoke, thinking it was all over, the doctor was quite upset with me. I had unknowingly become agitated and combative and he was unable to begin. Versed didn't work for me. I was very embarrassed to hear how the drug caused me to behave.”

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Ticking clock · Taken for less than 1 month July 18, 2020

“At 6pm I had Versed 3mg. I was having a heart cath done so needed to be sedated. The worse part was the initial plunge of the scope going into my leg. I was moving my leg so they strapped it. I told them calmly it was hurting and was assured I would not remember a thing. I watched the blue meds flowing and saw all of my arteries including 2 previous stents. I was excited to see no major blockages and know I had one small amount in one artery. The Dr said the amount was unnecessary to stent. It hurt terribly when he had to apply pressure to my upper thigh to stop bleeding. The kind Dr wrote a thorough report. He talked to me this morning and was shocked at my play by play . I pray I don’t have to do this again.”

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Annie · Taken for less than 1 month August 28, 2019

Versed (midazolam): “I had a port surgically implanted in my shoulder in March 2016. They used Versed and Fentanyl. I never fell asleep and remembered everything, including each cut of my skin, the implanting, and felt every stitch pulling. Only the Lidocaine was effective to tolerate the procedure. On 09/26/2019 I had a 15-20 minute procedure to take a large amount of bone marrow from large bone that runs horizontally across the low back. Again they gave me Versed and Fentanyl. The Versed did nothing to sedate me or make me sleep. I was fully awake and aware of everything. Again Lidocaine was used at the incision site and I believe the Fentanyl helped me because although I felt most everything I was never in any excruciating pain. Since I was fully coherent, walking and talking, they let me go home right away. Twice now I was given Versed for sedation but it did not work and I have no memory loss. In 2005 it worked for a colonoscopy but not these last times.”

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Mhami April 6, 2015

Versed (midazolam): “I had a total knee replacement three weeks ago and Versed was used as an amnesia drug while they prepped me, etc. I barely remember anything for the next two and a half days, had short dreams, one in which I was painting and when I woke up, my hand was up and moving like I had a paint brush. I don't remember eating a thing in the hospital, to this day. My friends who visited told me I had chicken, etc., When my Mum and friend came to visit, we were watching television and I asked her who did she find to hang her big screen tv on the wall. She didn't, we were in the hospital. I called my best friend at 3am to ask her if she could come and get me at a friends house, I was in the hospital. I'll never have this drug used on me again, ever”

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Mountain Gal · Taken for less than 1 month September 8, 2019

Versed (midazolam): “My husband has some mild short-term memory loss after taking Neurontin 2 1/2 years ago. Last summer, he has had several procedures needing light sedation in which Versed has been used. It has been effective for unawareness of the procedures themselves, but after each dose, his memory loss seems to be progressively worse. We will be talking with his PCP about this, and with any future procedures, he will request no sedation or a different medication.”

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Alan135 April 1, 2016

Versed (midazolam): “I have UC and get a colonoscopy every year...the ONLY good thing about this whole procedure is getting 1 to 2mg of versed in the prep area and just before they give me propofol. I think it's one of the greatest drugs out there, so much euphoria, everything is awesome, calmness, all the anxiety, and any stress you have is gone!!! Wonderful drug, just wish it would last slightly longer. regardless high recommend if your going to get a out patient surgery or in my case a colonoscopy”

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Mags November 13, 2020

“I had a colonoscopy today. The pre procedure written information stated that there would be an hour and a half recovery time from the 'anaesthetic'. The intavenous sedation was in fact Midazolam. Unfortunately it had no effect at all and I was completely conscious during and after wards. I experienced a lot of pain during the colonoscopy which was clearly observed by the consultant and the attending nurses. Afterwards I queried this to the consultant and he responded that all patients get the same dose and that there is no way they can know if it will work with a particular patient or not. He suggested that strong painkillers or sleeping tablets could impede it's effectiveness- neither of these possibilities is relevant in my case. I'm a 69 year old woman of slim build, and have never had something similar happen before.”

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fibromommy October 5, 2011

Versed (midazolam): “I was given Valium first and I took pain pills at home about 6 hours before the surgery-Norco was all I took. Then right before they wheeled me into the operating room (so they said), I got that versed IV, and a combination block which was administered via a teeny tiny wire inserted in the inner/upper thigh area-kept my leg NUMB completely for 4 days after that Total Knee replacement-and the VERSED left me with absolutely NO RECOLLECTION of what the surgeons did to my knee. FABULOUS! Severe pain when the nerve blocking wire was removed-morphine IV drip and additional shots via the IV port helped. ”

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Ashe · Taken for less than 1 month March 2, 2020

“I was just given Versed today, as a light sedative for lumbar facet injections. I have diagnosed anxiety and PTSD, I was already very scared though I try to hold it together because I hate causing a scene. I never felt dizzy, sleepy, or impaired in any way. I felt every prick and movement of every injection (6 of them!) I kept going "Ow! That hurts!" The whole time. I wish they had taken my asking for something stronger more seriously, because it was pointless to give me that. I told them I was terrified. I wish there was a zero option because versed did nothing for me at all.”

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Justme July 7, 2018

Versed (midazolam): “I have been thru a lot of spine surgeries and complications with car accident. With permanent damage I get versed for spinal epidurals and trigger point injections every 4 weeks. Obviously I have a tolerance to this. But even from the beginning, I always fall asleep and relax easily. Once or twice I have I grogginess after and I believe was due to administered more because was soon after surgeries and tolerance was higher. Other than normal tiredness it helps wonderfully get me through the procedure. Don't remember anything and can function few hours later after a long nap. Every person is different and matter how much is administered as with any medication. I would say has high rating doing what it is intended for.”

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