Propofol

A propofol vial and a needleWhat is propofol?

Propofol is a drug that reduces anxiety and tension, and promotes relaxation and sleep or loss of consciousness. Propofol is used during diagnostic tests and surgical procedures, and can also supplement other types of general anesthetics.

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How should I use propofol?

Propofol is injected intravenously by trained anesthesia professionals in a controlled environment.

There are certain conditions that doctors need to be aware of before administering proposal. These conditions include:

  • Arrhythmia (rapid, slow, or irregular heart beat)
  • Blood vessel disease
  • Head injury
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • Breast-feeding

It is also very important to inform your health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines and supplements. Also inform them if you drink coffee and/or alcohol frequently, are a smoker, or if you use illegal drugs.

What are the side effects?

Be sure to report any propofol side effects as soon as possible to your health care provider, including:

  • Difficulty breathing, wheezing, swelling of the throat
  • Fast heartbeat/palpitations
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Dizziness
  • Seizure (convulsion)
  • Swelling or extreme pain at the injection site
  • Muscle spasms

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