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Brand: Diprivan Propofol is an intravenous drug that slows the activity of your brain and nervous system. It is used to help you relax before and during general anesthesia for surgery or other medical procedure. Propofol is also used in critically ill patients who require a breathing tube connected to a ventilator. Side effects may include: seizure (convulsions), weak or shallow breathing, or fast or slow heart rate. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)