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Propofol is used as a general anaesthetic before or during surgery or diagnostic procedures.

How it works

Propofol belongs to a class of drugs called general anesthetics. It works by slowing down the activity of brain and nervous system.

Common side effects

Abnormal heart rhythm, Acne-like rash, Shortness of breath, Headache, Decreased blood pressure, Injection site pain, Itching


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Expert advice

  • Inform your doctor if you have or ever had seizures or convulsions, high triglycerides, mitochondrial disease.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery for at least 24 hours after you have been treated with propofol, as it may cause dizziness or sleepiness.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you develop allergic reactions: difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Tell your doctor if you have heart, breathing, kidney or liver problems.
  • Do not consume alcohol before the administration of propofol as it may worsen the side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions



Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)