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What are the side effects of fospropofol injection?

Due to serious side effects, fospropofol is only used in a controlled setting (such as a hospital or surgery clinic) where you can be closely monitored. These side effects may require interventions, such as breathing assistance, fluids given via injection into a vein and other supportive measures. Serious side effects associated with fospropofol include low blood pressure, low blood oxygen, failure to breathe and failure to respond to stimuli. Low blood pressure can cause symptoms, such as lightheadedness, dizziness or fainting when suddenly standing or sitting up after lying down and blurry vision. The risk of low blood pressure is increased if you have heart problems, bleeding or dehydration. Low blood oxygen can make you feel confused, tired, weak or short of breath. It can also make your fingernails and skin become pale or blue in color. Changes in breathing patterns caused by fospropofol can further decrease the oxygen in your blood. Specifically, your breathing may become irregular, shallow, faster, slower or stop altogether. Furthermore, fospropofol can prevent you from responding to stimuli such as vigorous shaking or even pain. This may affect your ability to keep your airways clear by coughing or gagging and may ultimately interfere with your ability to breathe. The most commonly reported side effects associated with fospropofol are paresthesias and itching in the groin and anal areas. Paresthesias are unusual skin sensations, such as burning, stinging, numbness and tingling. These temporary side effects usually subside after the first five minutes of treatment. Other minor but infrequent side effects include: headache, nausea, vomiting, sweating and pain associated with procedures.

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