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Generic name: propofolPROE-poe-fol ]
Brand names: Diprivan, Propoven
Drug class: General anesthetics

Medically reviewed by on Nov 22, 2023. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is Propoven?

Diprivan is used to help you relax before and during general anesthesia for surgery or other medical procedures.

Diprivan is used in people 16 years or older to sedate those who are under critical care and need a mechanical ventilator (breathing machine).

Diprivan is not recommended for induction of anesthesia in people younger than 3 years and for the maintenance of anesthesia in people younger than 2 months.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized emergency use of Propoven to maintain sedation in people who are 16 years or older on a machine that helps with breathing (ventilator) in the intensive care unit (ICU) during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic.

Propoven may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Propoven side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Tell your medical caregivers right away if you have:

Common side effects of Propoven may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Use only as directed. Tell your doctor if you use other medicines or have other medical conditions or allergies.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Propoven if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

Anesthesia may affect brain development in a young child or unborn baby (when used in the mother), leading to learning or behavior problems later in life. Long surgeries or repeated procedures pose the highest risks.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How is Propoven given?

Propoven is injected into a vein by a healthcare provider.

You will relax and fall asleep very quickly after Propoven is injected.

Your breathing, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and other vital signs will be watched closely.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Propoven is used when needed and does not have a daily dosing schedule.

What happens if I overdose?

In a medical setting an overdose would be treated quickly.

What should I avoid after receiving Propoven?

Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how Propoven will affect you. Dizziness or drowsiness can cause falls, accidents, or severe injuries.

What other drugs will affect Propoven?

It may take you longer to recover from anesthesia if you use other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing. This includes opioid medication, a sleeping pill, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety or seizures.

Other drugs may affect Propoven, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.