Transcutaneous Cardiac Pacing Medication

Updated: Dec 17, 2014
  • Author: Ali A Sovari, MD, FACP, FACC; Chief Editor: Richard A Lange, MD, MBA  more...
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Medication Summary

The goal of pharmacotherapy is to provide sedation to relieve the discomfort, such as burning sensation of the skin and/or skeletal muscle contractions that are associated with transcutaneous cardiac pacing.


Anxiolytics, Benzodiazepines

Class Summary

Anxiolyticsare used to sedate patients who are conscious and hemodynamically stable, before initiation of pacing.


Midazolam is a shorter-acting benzodiazepine sedative-hypnotic useful in patients requiring acute and/or short-term sedation. Midazolam is also useful for its amnestic effects.