Conscious sedation.

Since I’ve never been sedated before, one of the things that has me a little nervous about the AVS is the “conscious sedation” part. It’s one of those “everyone is different” things, where nobody can tell me for certain how I will react to the meds. I’ve been trying to find out specifics about best and worst case scenarios, and this link (PDF) provided me with a pretty good overview.

The meds they will be using are Versed, Fentanyl, and morphine. Adverse reactions include:

  • Versed: Respiratory and cardiovascular depression may occur. May also cause ataxia, dizziness, hypotension, bradycardia, blurred vision, and paradoxical agitation.
  • Fentanyl: Hypotension, bradycardia, respiratory depression, nausea, vomiting, constipation, biliary spasm, and skin rash.
  • Morphine: Hypotension, bradycardia, respiratory depression, nausea, vomiting, constipation, biliary spasm, and skin rash.

It’s gonna be a long day…

ETA: Found another link that describes conscious sedation in detail.

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