Propofol


What is Propofol for ?

This medication is a general anesthetic, prescribed for induction and maintenance of general anaesthesia.

How does Propofol work ?

Propofol calms the brain.

How should Propofol be used ?

It is given as a shot into a vein. It is given into a vein for a period of time.

Common side effects of Propofol ?

Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you. Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing. Irritation where the shot is given.

What do I do if I miss a dose ?

Generally its given on needed basis.

What precautions should I take when taking Propofol ?

If you have an allergy to propofol, eggs, soy products, or any other part of this drug. If you have a sulfite allergy, talk with your doctor. If you have an allergy to benzyl alcohol, talk with your doctor. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

When do I need to seek medical help ?

If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away. Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Very bad dizziness or passing out. Trouble breathing. A fast heartbeat. Muscle stiffness. Any rash. Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

Can I take Propofol with other medicines ?

Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs and food. - Taking them together can cause bad side effects. - Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.

Are there any food restrictions ?

Avoid Alcohol.

How do I store Propofol ?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. - Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

Pregnancy Category ?

Category B : Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.

Therapeutic Classification ?

Anaesthetics- Local & General , Hypnotics & Sedatives.