Fospropofol (Injection)

Introduction

Fospropofol (fos-proe-POE-fol)

This medicine causes a person to relax or sleep (be unconscious) before and during surgery or procedures. This medicine is a strong sedative.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to fospropofol.

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
  • You will receive this medicine in a hospital or surgery clinic. A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Tell your doctor if you are using any medicines that make you sleepy. These include sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain relievers, and sedatives.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have heart disease, low blood pressure, breathing problems, or a low amount of oxygen in the blood.
  • This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert. You may also feel dizzy or lightheaded when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position, so get up slowly.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Confusion, weakness, or numbness or tingling in your hands, feet, or lips.
  • Lightheadedness or fainting.
  • Shortness of breath, cold sweats, and bluish-colored skin.
  • Slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings.
  • Headache.
  • Itching skin.
  • Nausea or vomiting.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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This page was last updated: June 18, 2013

         
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