This drug is generally administered intravenously by medical professionals for anesthetic purposes such as when a patient is undergoing surgery. According to the Food and Drug administration, it has not been approved to treat sleep disorders. Propofol is not a drug that provides pain relief, but causes the patient to become unconscious. After an infusion of this drug is stopped, an individual wakes up immediately according to experts. The Harvard Health Blog describes how heart function and breathing need constant monitoring since the drug lowers blood pressure and suppresses breathing.
The drug became notorious when an overdose caused the death of Michael Jackson. The misuse of this drug within the medical circles has been a growing concern in recent years.