Diprivan

Generic Name: Propofol

  • What is Diprivan?

    Diprivan is an intravenous sedative-hypnotic agent for use in the induction and maintenance of anesthesia or sedation.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Diprivan?

    Use of Diprivan has been associated with metabolic dysfunction and organ system failure, known as propofol infusion syndrome, which may result in death.

  • Who should not take Diprivan?

    Do not receive Diprivan if you have a known allergy to Diprivan or any of its ingredients, or if you are allergic to eggs, egg products, soybeans, or soy products.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Diprivan?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Diprivan. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a condition that causes an increase in the normal pressure in the brain, poor blood flow to the brain, circulation problems, decreased oxygen delivery to tissues, serious head injury, bacterial infection of the bloodstream, fluid depletion, or heart problems. Also, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: You will be given the appropriate dosage of Diprivan depending upon the level of sedation or anesthesia needed.

  • How should I take Diprivan?

    Your healthcare provider will prepare and administer Diprivan.

  • What should I avoid while taking Diprivan?

    Do not drive, operate hazardous machinery or perform any other activities that require mental alertness for some time after receiving Diprivan for general anesthesia or sedation.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Diprivan?

    If Diprivan is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Diprivan with the following: barbiturates, benzodiazepines, droperidol, enflurane, fentanyl, halothane, heart medications, isoflurane, meperidine, morphine, nitrous oxide, opioids, or steroids.

  • What are the possible side effects of Diprivan?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: increased or decreased heart rate, increased or decreased blood pressure, brief pauses in breathing, injection-site reactions such as burning or stinging, or rash

  • Can I receive Diprivan if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Diprivan during pregnancy are unknown. Furthermore, Diprivan is not recommended for use in nursing mothers. Therefore, tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Diprivan?

    Diprivan is not a medication that can be self-administered on a scheduled regimen.

  • How should I store Diprivan?

    Your healthcare provider will store this medication for you.

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