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Postby mudslide » Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:48 pm

At a recent colonoscopy, I was given propofol as the anesthetic. When I awoke, I had pronounced RLS symptoms. Several threads from years ago on this forum mention propofol; the consensus seemed to be that propofol does NOT cause RLS. This was Dr. Buchfuhrer's opinion, and I respect his expertise. However, I strongly suspect the propofol affected me and am going to request that my medical records list it as an allergy. Just FYI for y'all. Thanks to the moderators for your continued invaluable contributions.

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Re: Propofol

Postby ViewsAskew » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:15 am

Hi mudslide - did they administer an antihistamine at the same time?
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Re: Propofol

Postby Frunobulax » Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:14 pm

I insisted on using an alternative to propofol when I had some operations recently, even though the RLS group over here has written an anesthetics guide that allows propofol. Apparently there are other, benzo based anesthetics that are just as safe and efficient. Why take a risk?

I did however experience RLS symptoms with an IV after the operation to relieve pain. Unfortunately I didn't remember what it was.

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Re: Propofol

Postby QyX » Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:01 am

With the way Propofol works, I would agree that it is unlikely that it will cause / trigger RLS symptoms.

Have there been any other drugs involved in the procedure?

The pronounced symptoms could have been a random spike in symptoms or simply happened because you did not move because you were sedated. There is also no guarantee that other anesthetics will work better and they all have their own complicated potential side effects.

At least with Propofol you know it is working and safe to use.

And just because you had pronounced symptoms after the procedure doesn't mean the Propofol is the cause. Just something to keep in mind.

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