When you land in the hospital, you don’t JUST lose your independence.
You lose practically all control over what gets put into your body.
Some nurse always seems to be handing you a pill… or changing out an IV bag.
You want to believe they’re helping you – but they could end up KILLING you instead.
Because one of the most popular IV drugs around… one given to THOUSANDS of surgery patients every day… is practically LOADED with antifreeze ingredients.
No doctor or hospital will EVER warn you about it. So it’s up to YOU to keep yourself safe.
Anything but tranquil
Before going into surgery… or if you’re feeling agitated… hospital staff will often inject you with a benzodiazepine called Lorazepam.
It’s supposed to help you relax.
But it can also leave you feeling helpless, confused, and disoriented – and the effects can last for a full day.
Plus, there’s a dirty secret inside this “calming” intravenous drug – and we should be ANYTHING but calm about it.
It’s a manmade chemical commonly found in house paint and antifreeze.
Of course, chemical companies will tell you that propylene glycol isn’t dangerous to touch or even swallow.
But that’s only PART of the story.
It can be SERIOUSLY TOXIC if it reaches a high concentration in your blood, as with an IV.
And propylene glycol is added to the injectable version of Lorazepam.
This isn’t a contaminant. It’s deliberately added to the drug as a solvent to help deliver it into your system.
And when propylene glycol builds up in the bloodstream, it can cause your blood pressure to plummet… lactic acidosis… and even kidney failure.
Or, it could just make whatever condition you came in with worse.
And you may never walk BACK out of that hospital again.
If you’re going to be admitted for a planned procedure, discuss the drugs you’ll be given ahead of time. Ask for the lowest possible dose of any anesthesia or sedatives, as older folks often need less.
If they plan to give you Lorazepam (or its brand-name version, Ativan), ask them to use a sedating drug WITHOUT propylene glycol. Alternate solvents like midazolam are available and have been associated with less risk.
And make sure your ENTIRE care team knows. Not just your anesthesiologist and surgeon… but ALSO any attending physician or nurse on duty.