What is Propofol? And is it safe?

Propofol is an IV drug used for sedation and in general anesthesia. It is a safe drug when used correctly by an anesthesia expert in a hospital or surgery center setting. When properly administered it is likely one of the safest drugs given in the OR. Possible side effects include decrease in blood pressure and slowed breathing. Close and careful monitoring and the ability of the nurse anesthetist or anesthesia professional to support breathing and correct the blood pressure keep the patient safe.

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Conscious Sedation

Medications are given to induce an altered state of consciousness that minimizes pain and discomfort, used in conjunction with local anesthesia during minor surgeries such as biopsies, minor fracture repair, colonoscopies, EGD, and dental surgery.

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