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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

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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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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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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 a Propofol overdose. This is an anesthesia medication used for sedation and to induce general anesthesia. In large doses, it will predictably cause blood pressure to go down. It can slow or stop breathing. Used in sedation, it can relax a patient to the point that the tongue falls back and breathing obstructs. All these problems are easily managed by an anesthesiologist. ...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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Dr. Marc Bloom
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Diprivan (Definition)

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