Premedication Sedation for Surgical Procedures

Premedication is the administration of drugs before anesthesia and surgery, usually intended to reduce anxiety and increase amnesia.

They are sometimes used with anesthesia to calm a patient down just prior to surgery or during their recovery. Promoting amnesia is said to reduce the risk of awareness during surgery; however, some people would rather not have their awareness truncated in this fashion.

They may be automatically administered without a patient’s knowledge, so be sure to ask, and indicate you don’t need them if you don’t want them.

Examples of drugs used for this sedation may be:

  • benzodiazepines such as Ativan (lorazepam), Valium (diazepam), Versed (midazolam)
  • barbiturates such as Amytal
  • other anxiolytics (anti-anxiety drugs) such as alpha-2 adrenergic agonists (clonidine, dexmedetomidine)
  • ketamine
  • anticholinergics

Readers will know that benzodiazepines are highly addictive psychiatric drugs with severe withdrawal effects and possible adverse reactions such as suicide and violence.

Barbiturates are highly dangerous psychiatric drugs because of the small difference between a normal dose and an overdose.

Alpha-2 adrenergic agonists have been used for decades to treat so-called  ADHD, so you know these are bad news.

Ketamine is an anesthetic now being promoted as a “miracle” treatment for depression, instead of its off-label use as a “date-rape” drug.

Anticholinergics may raise your risk of dementia, according to new research. An anticholinergic agent is a substance that blocks the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the nervous system. Examples of strong anticholinergic drugs are antipsychotics and antidepressants.

While medicine has advanced on a scientific path to major discoveries and cures, psychiatry and psychiatric drugs have never evolved scientifically, are no closer to understanding or curing mental problems, and are mis-used as “medicine” as a “standard of care” which only makes matters worse.

While medicine has nurtured an enviable record of achievements and general popular acceptance, the public still links psychiatry to snake pits, straitjackets, and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Psychiatry continues to foster that valid impression with its development of such brutal treatments as ECT, psychosurgery, the chemical straitjacket caused by antipsychotic drugs, and its long record of treatment failures, including the use of psychiatric drugs as premedication by real doctors who have been subverted by psychiatric promises that cannot be realized.

Click here to download and read the full CCHR report “Psychiatric Hoax — The Subversion of Medicine — Report and recommendations on psychiatry’s destructive impact on health care.

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