Recovery After Procedural Sedation (Adult)

You have been given medicine by vein to make you sleep during your procedure. This may have included both a pain medicine and sleeping medicine. Most of the effects have worn off. But you may still have some drowsiness for the next 6 to 8 hours.

Home care

Follow these guidelines when you get home:

  • For the next 8 hours, you should be watched by a responsible adult. This person should make sure your condition is not getting worse.

  • Don't drink any alcohol for the next 24 hours.

  • Don't drive, operate dangerous machinery, or make important business or personal decisions during the next 24 hours.

Note: Your healthcare provider may tell you not to take any medicine by mouth for pain or sleep in the next 4 hours. These medicines may react with the medicines you were given in the hospital. This could cause a much stronger response than usual.

Follow-up care

Follow up with your healthcare provider as advised. Also follow up with your provider if you are not alert and back to your usual level of activity within 12 hours.

When to seek medical advice

Have someone call your healthcare provider right away if any of these occur:

  • Drowsiness gets worse

  • Weakness or dizziness gets worse

  • Repeated vomiting

  • Severe or ongoing pain from the procedure that's not eased by the pain medicine (if prescribed)

  • Fever

  • New rash

Call 911

Have someone call 911 if you have any of these:

  • Shortness of breath

  • Chest pain

  • Loss of consciousness or you can't be awakened

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