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What is propofol?

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Propofol is an amnestic agent used during surgery to reduce the activity of the brain and the nervous system. It is also used in patients who need a breathing tube, as stated by Drugs.

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People who have high cholesterol or epilepsy should inform the doctor prior to using propofol. Propofol is not expected to cause harm to an unborn baby, but it can harm a nursing baby. It is given to a patient through an injection and may cause dizziness. A person should not drive after receiving a propofol injection. Propofol may have numerous side effects, such as hives, swelling and breathing difficulty, to people who may have allergic reactions.

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