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Medicines injected into the intravenous to rapidly begin general anesthesia are called induction agents. Many people are familiar with Pentothal or sodium pentothal. This rapid acting barbiturate has been used by anesthetists for many years. The experience of starting to sleep with this drug is very pleasant, and many patients ask for it.


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Also in use is a newer drug called propofol. This drug is a steroid, not a barbiturate. It too, provides very rapid and pleasant onset of anesthesia. It is often used for short procedures because patients feel so very good when they wake up after it has been used. Rarely it will cause burning at the intravenous site when it is injected. Although unpleasant, no harm is done, and the burning is gone when the patient awakens.




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