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Dr. Boris Aronzon
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Propofol (Definition)

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


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I'm having surgery next week (septorhinoplasty). Do they ever use propofol by itself or is it always administered with other drugs?

I'm having surgery next week (septorhinoplasty). Do they ever use propofol by itself or is it always administered with other drugs?

Propofol Anesthesia: Propofol (Deprivan) is an anesthetic agent and as such it can't provide analgesia (pain reduction) therefor it is used with other drugs ...Read more

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My daughter was given propofol and sux at the same time and went into anaphalactic shock. How do I know which drug she reacted to for future surgeries?

My daughter was given propofol and sux at the same time and went into anaphalactic shock. How do I know which drug she reacted to for future surgeries?

PROPOFOL & SUX: I would think that the Propofol would be the more dangerous of the two. Succinylcholine (sux) can also cause anaphylaxis, but it's somewhat more prevalent with the propofol. For any future prospective operations, do check with the anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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Hypothetically (although dangerous) can an alcohol induced coma stop a seizure like a coma other sedative drugs such as phenobarbital or propofol?

Hypothetically (although dangerous) can an alcohol induced coma stop a seizure like a coma other sedative drugs such as phenobarbital or propofol?

Not reliably: If the seizure is for sure due to alcohol withdrawal, this may be possible -- but the amount needed may kill the person first. I'm sure you've heard of death from alcohol poisoning. There are many other possible causes for seizures, and alcohol-induced coma is not the way to treat those either. ...Read more

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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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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?

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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What happens if the doctors overdoses you on propofol?

They rescue you.: Propofol is a useful drug that induces anesthesia but can be dangerous. It should only ever be given by a dedicated, anesthesiologist or a crna. It can cause apnea and a significant drop in blood pressure which can cause a heart attack, stroke or even death if left untreated. All of this is preventable and treatable with trained supervision. In the right setting, Propofol is a very safe drug. ...Read more

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Are there other non nauseating anesthetics like propofol?

Are there other non nauseating anesthetics like propofol?

Not all anesthesia: Agents cause nausea. Nausea is associated with anesthesia agents and also specific surgeries that increase the risk of nausea(ponv), like breast, pelvic, eye and ear surgeries. Also, increasing the risk of nausea in patient risk factors like history of vertigo or motion sickness. Another factor is pain drugs like narcotics used for postoperative pain. Propofol was used to treat nausea in cancer pat. ...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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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

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What dosage of propofol is suggested for light sedation?

Titration: And monitoring carefully is the best indication of the proper dosage for propofol, 30mg is a good starting point, depends on other medications, weight, and individual variation. Profofol wears off so quickly it requires an infusion or frequent administration. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Propofol overdose?

What is the definition or description of: Propofol overdose?

Propofol: Propofol is an injectable anesthetic medicine used to initiate anesthesia for surgery or other purposes such as intubation, deep sedation etc. Overdose may lead to cessation of respiration and cardio-vascular collapse and death. Michael jackson had such an event killing him. ...Read more

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What doseage of propofol should be given for light sedation?

What doseage of propofol should be given for light sedation?

Small amounts: It would be hard to use Propofol for light sedation. It is the drug we reach for when requiring deep sedation which means that the patient is not responsive to verbal stimuli. There is a fine line between deep sedation and general anesthesia (airway is easily obstructed unless someone is there to maintain patency). One can look up dosages but everyone is different and require different amounts. ...Read more

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I was administered propofol three days ago and still feel lightheadedness. Is this normal?

Maybe: Propofol can last in your system for hours or days depending on the dose given and your own body's metabolism of the drug. Another concern is: for what procedure or reason were you given propofol in the first place. Your dizziness may have something to do which what you're underlying condition was, or a complication of that. You may want to talk to the doctor who gave you the propofol. ...Read more

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How does propofol help during a procedure? Does taking something like Valium work just as well?

How does propofol help during a procedure? Does taking something like Valium work just as well?

Causes sleep: Propofol brings about sleep quickly and allows a patient to wake up quickly, with few side effects and very little nausea. It is useful at the start of general anesthesia or as a sedative by itself. Valium can be a good sedative but it lasts a long time in the system. It also can cause prolonged amnesia, which Propofol will not. Propofol must be given only under anesthesiologist supervision. ...Read more

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What type of sedeation is most commonly used for an endoscopy? Sedeation with or without propofol?

Either: It really depends on the anesthesiologist. There are a variety of agents that can be used for sedation. Propofol is a very effective agent but does require proper monitoring by a qualified anesthesiologist. ...Read more

Dr. Marc Bloom
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Diprivan (Definition)

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