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Propofol: The drug

Propofol is the most widely used anaesthetic drug in the US and the UK. Known as the "milk of amnesia".

It comes as a white liquid- it is given by infusion direct into a vein and rapidly induces unconsciousness followed by quick recovery. At least 99pc is used in hospital operating theatres. It is not available on prescription and cannot be bought over the counter

Propofol is the most widely used anaesthetic drug in the US and the UK. Known as the "milk of amnesia" - it comes as a white liquid -- it is given by infusion direct into a vein and rapidly induces unconsciousness followed by quick recovery. At least 99pc is used in hospital operating theatres. It is not available on prescription and cannot be bought over the counter.


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