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

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Dr. Karen Sibert
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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