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propofol (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before I receive propofol (Diprivan)?

You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to propofol or to eggs, soy products, or soybeans.

If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely receive this medication. Before you receive propofol, tell your doctor if you have:

  • epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
  • high triglycerides (fats in the blood);
  • liver disease; or
  • kidney disease.

FDA pregnancy category B. Propofol is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. However, tell your doctor if you are pregnant before you are treated with propofol.

Propofol can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Before you receive this medication, tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How is propofol given (Diprivan)?

Propofol is given as an injection through a needle placed into a vein. You will receive this injection in a hospital or surgical setting.

You will relax and fall asleep very quickly after propofol is injected.

Your caregivers will monitor your heart function, blood pressure, and breathing while you are under the effects of propofol.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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