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Ther Clin Risk Manag. 2008 Aug;4(4):733-8.

Fospropofol disodium injection for the sedation of patients undergoing colonoscopy.

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Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.


Sedation plays a central role in making colonoscopy tolerable for patients and feasible for the endoscopist to perform. The array of agents used for endoscopic sedation continues to evolve. Fospropofol (FP), a prodrug of propofol with a slower pharmacokinetic profile, is currently under evaluation for use during endoscopic procedures. Preliminary data suggests that FP dosed at 6.5 mg/kg is well tolerated by most patients with perineal paresthesias being the most commonly experienced adverse effect. This article will examine the current literature on the use of FP for the sedation of patients undergoing colonoscopy, highlighting the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, risks, and common adverse events associated with the novel sedative/hypnotic.


Aquavan; colonoscopy; fospropofol; propofol; sedation


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