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Dr. Boris Aronzon
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Propofol (Overview)

Propofol is an anesthetic sedative which is a kind of anesthetic agent.


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What is propofol?

What is propofol?

Anesthesia drug: It us a drug that we use to induce anesthesia. It is not for use at home or in patients whose oxygen level is not being monitored. ...Read more

Dr. Boris Aronzon
559 doctors shared insights

Propofol (Overview)

Propofol is an anesthetic sedative which is a kind of anesthetic agent.


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Do doctors use propofol for a colonoscopy?

Do doctors use  propofol for a colonoscopy?

Yes: Propofol can be used, many times this requires an additional physician, an anesthesiologist or anesthetist. Sedation by the endoscopist is also accomplished by using versed and fentanyl. Options vary among endoscopists and hospitals. ...Read more

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What happened? My mother had a uterine biopsy and now she thinks its 1994. They used fentanyl, propofol, dexamethasone & Zofran (ondansetron) to anesthetize her.

What happened? My mother had a uterine biopsy and  now she thinks its 1994. They used fentanyl, propofol, dexamethasone & Zofran (ondansetron) to anesthetize her.

Mom confused: Confusion after general anesthesia is not uncommon in elderly patients. The changes can be short lived or last for days. Much depends on previous history of dementia or alzheimer's. Also, sedatives given before surgery or pain medicines given after can cause confusion. Dexamethasome can cause confusion as well. Be aware that uncontrolled pain can cause some elderly patients to be confused. ...Read more

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Every time Ive had outpatient surgery I get overwhelmingly nautious, anything they give me in recovery dosent work, would propofol be better for me?

Every time Ive had outpatient surgery I get overwhelmingly nautious, anything they give me in recovery dosent work, would propofol be better for me?

You might ask: Your anesthesiologist to use propofol, it has antiemetic effects, nitrous oxide can cause nausea as do narcotics. There's always regional anesthesia available for some surgeries. ...Read more

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Is propofol safe for a patient with sleep apnea?

Is propofol safe for a patient with sleep apnea?

Yes, no problem: In fact i had surgery just last week, and Propofol was used for my anesthesia too. I have sleep apnea, and there were no issues whatsoever. Your physician and anesthesiologist do need to know about your apnea, so be sure you tell them in advance. ...Read more

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Is propofol dangerous?

No, if......: All medications can be dangerous if used inappropriately. However, if used correctly and within accepted guidelines, medications, including propofol, are considered safe and effective. Propofol should only be used by anesthesiologists who have been properly trained on its use. ...Read more

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My 23 yr old daughter was found yesterday unresponsive. Emts gave her propofol and inserted a breathing tube. Tox screen came up negative.?

Long list: Sorry, but this forum is too broad for such a discussion. While toxic ingestion is possible, other metabolic, cardiac, neurologic, and possibly other organ system etiology is possible. Further testing and evaluation will give you a better answer. ...Read more

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Does propofol given for surgery predispose susceptible individuals to dangerous possible lethal cardiac arrhythmias?

Does propofol given for surgery predispose susceptible individuals to dangerous possible lethal cardiac arrhythmias?

Propofol safety: Propofol is generally a safe medication when used appropriately. If a patient is given too much, given the medication too rapidly, or if the patient is hypovolemic or already has cardiac issues, Propofol can potentially cause hypotension which may lead to cardiac arrhythmias. There is no direct cardiac dysrhythmic effect but arrhythmias can occur if Propofol is not given with care. ...Read more

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Propofol. What are the side effects?

Propofol. What are the side effects?

See below : Propofol is used to induce general anesthesia. It causes suppression of respiration and possible circulatory collapse. ...Read more

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How much time should it take to completely wake up from long term use of diprivan or (propofol)?

It depends: For surgery lasting minutes to hours the patient wakes up in 5-30 minutes. If given for days in the ICU it may take days to wake up. You can get "propofol infusion syndrome" in ICU sedation characterized by severe metabolic acidosis, hyperkalemia, lipidemia, rhabdomyolysis, hepatomegaly, and cardiac/renal failure. ...Read more

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Had colonoscopy wed of this week. When does the effects of the meds given wear off? Versed, Propofol and some nausea med. Colonoscopy was negative!

Usually quickly. : These meds typically wear off in a matter of a few hours (can be significantly longer if you have kidney disease) but you can feel groggy for a day. You should be back to normal the next day. If not see your dr. ...Read more

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What happens when you overdose on propofol that actually kills you?

What happens when you overdose on propofol that actually kills you?

Several effects: There is no such thing as an absolute Propofol overdose. This is a very useful med for sedation and anesthesia. But, it will lower blood pressure, and in high doses stop breathing. It will cause a patient to relax, so that even if he/she is trying to breathe, the tongue can fall back and obstruct breathing. For all these reasons, an anesthesiologist must always supervise Propofol administration. ...Read more

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Is 20 mcg/kg of IV Propofol enough for a 1 y/o baby on a cleft palate repair? Could he experience awareness?

Is 20 mcg/kg of IV Propofol enough for a 1 y/o baby on a cleft palate repair? Could he experience awareness?

Talk to Drs: That dose is not a real dose. If you have concerns about your baby's anesthetic, please discuss it with your anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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What is propofol?

Anesthesia drug: It us a drug that we use to induce anesthesia. It is not for use at home or in patients whose oxygen level is not being monitored. ...Read more

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What is propofol?

General anesthetic: Propofol is used for general anesthesia to keep people unconscious during surgery. It is used also for monitored anesthesia care sedation, which is a lighter level of anesthesia sometimes used for minor surgeries. It can also be used in the intensive care unit for patients who are on a ventilator. It requires close observation. ...Read more

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Is propofol dangerous?

No, if......: All medications can be dangerous if used inappropriately. However, if used correctly and within accepted guidelines, medications, including propofol, are considered safe and effective. Propofol should only be used by anesthesiologists who have been properly trained on its use. ...Read more

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Could you really die of propofol?

Yes: Propofol has reportedly been approved in some areas (i.e. Missouri department of corrections) to use as an ingredient for lethal injections in death penalty cases. High doses of Propofol can cause respiratory arrest. ...Read more

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How can I experience propofol high?

You cant: There is no Propofol high its take the medication go unconscious then wake up.
Of course there is the Michael Jackson factor so its not a drug to toy with. ...Read more

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What in juries can be caused by propofol?

Michael Jackson: Death if you do it yourself. If an anesthesiologist does it , very safe. ...Read more

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Can propofol be used for status epileptus?

Maybe: Propofol can be used in combination with other medicines for status epilepticus. Typically it is not a first line agent to stop a seizure or status epilepticus. If it has gotten to the point where Propofol is being employed, then the patient is likely in an ICU and multiple agents have already been tried. ...Read more

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What happens when you overdose on propofol that actually kills you?

Several effects: There is no such thing as an absolute Propofol overdose. This is a very useful med for sedation and anesthesia. But, it will lower blood pressure, and in high doses stop breathing. It will cause a patient to relax, so that even if he/she is trying to breathe, the tongue can fall back and obstruct breathing. For all these reasons, an anesthesiologist must always supervise Propofol administration. ...Read more

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How much time should it take to completely wake up from long term use of diprivan or (propofol)?

It depends: For surgery lasting minutes to hours the patient wakes up in 5-30 minutes. If given for days in the ICU it may take days to wake up. You can get "propofol infusion syndrome" in ICU sedation characterized by severe metabolic acidosis, hyperkalemia, lipidemia, rhabdomyolysis, hepatomegaly, and cardiac/renal failure. ...Read more

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What to do if I do not want to be awake at all, I'm reading on propofol and it being safe, is this true?

Propofol: can be a safe drug if monitored carefully and continuously and being able to properly respond, otherwise there are safer medications ...Read more

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Propofol. What are the side effects?

See below : Propofol is used to induce general anesthesia. It causes suppression of respiration and possible circulatory collapse. ...Read more

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What is dosage of propofol for intubation ?

Variable: Multiple factors contribute to the optimal dose such as patient comorbidities, weight and drug tolerance. The dose can be calculated as 1-2.5 mg/kg given as 40mg every 10 seconds until induction. ...Read more

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Do people on propofol for sedation feel pain?

Do people on propofol for sedation feel pain?

Probably not : But Propofol is a sedating agent, not an analgesic. If there is pain stimulation, then the pain needs to be addressed with some sort of analgesic, either narcotics or local anesthesia. ...Read more

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How do you know a person is addicted to propofol?

How do you know a person is addicted to propofol?

First: Propofol is a controlled substance that cannot even be prescribed. It must be obtained from an inpatient pharmacy directly to the department using it. Therefor the only way for someone to get access to it outside of a hospital is theft. For short in-patient use addiction is not possible. ...Read more

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Is Propofol safe for me even with Gilbert's disease?

Is Propofol safe for me even with Gilbert's disease?

Propofol: Gilbert's syndrome (the liver is impaired in excreting bile pigment/bilirubin) is surprisingly common. Maybe 2-5% of Ameicans have the problem. Most don't even know. In general, propofol has the same safety profile for patient's with Gilbert's as w/o.However, if you have a poor diet, drink alcohol every day then you can be so liver toxic that ANY anesthetic is a bad idea ...Read more

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Can you tell me how fentanol citrate effect propofol?

No interaction: Propofol induces sleep. Fentanyl is a pain reliever, a narcotic, in the same drug class as morphine and Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride). There is no direct interaction between the two. But when used in combination they can cause breathing to slow or stop, so must be used with caution by anesthesia professionals. Both can also cause blood pressure to drop. ...Read more

Dr. Marc Bloom
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Diprivan (Definition)

Diprivan is an anesthetic sedative which is a ...Read more