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User Reviews for Succinylcholine

Brand names: Anectine, Quelicin, Anectine Flo-Pack

Succinylcholine has an average rating of 1.9 out of 10 from a total of 53 ratings on Drugs.com. 2% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 85% reported a negative experience.

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Reviews for Succinylcholine

Me · September 24, 2020

For Anesthesia "I was given this succinylcholine during sinus surgery, and given no warning of the common side effects. It leaves your muscles so sore that you literally can't move. I was told to sleep propped, to help reduce the swelling and make it easier for my surgery battered sinuses to drain. Definite problems created by the fact that I couldn't even lift my head, much less sit up. This lasted for a good four days. I will NEVER allow this succinylcholine, to be used on me again, and will insist that any anesthesiologist sign a legal document stating that s/he fully understands that Succinylcholine will NOT be used on me EVER again. Had my house caught fire, I would have died, because I would not have been able to get myself out."

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Steph · Taken for less than 1 month · May 14, 2020

For Anesthesia "please save yourself some of the worse muscle pain you will ever experience from a common drug used by anesthesiologists, called Succinylcholine. I woke up the morning after surgery in such severe muscle pain I cold not turn over in bed. For about three days the pain did not subside. It was in my arms back and & hips. So weak and painful I could not lift my arms or legs. I also had extreme shakiness so typing emails was impossible. Be certain to ask your anesthesiologist not to use this drug!"

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Betsy · February 7, 2020

For Anesthesia "It's poison! Tell your anesthesiologist that you're allergic! Trust me!! Last time I had outpatient surgery, they had to quickly switch me from MAC sedation to intubation so they shot me up with this drug, which is also known as Scoline and the med folks call it "sux", which it TOTALLY does! Because just like everyone else who has posted here, I woke up in severe pain all over my body which lasted 5 days. I could barely move and needed a cane once I managed to get to a standing position. Never again! They are not allowed to shoot me up with this POISON again!"

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bwilson · Taken for less than 1 month · August 14, 2020

For Anesthesia "I've had several surgeries in the past, so I'm sure this isn't my first experience with Succinylcholine, but this time around it was miserable. I went in for a CKC so expected some minor discomfort from that. I took a nap when I got home from the procedure and upon waking I was in immense pain. My entire upper body and thighs felt as if I had worked out hard OR been hit by a truck. It was difficult to get in and out of bed, shower, or make almost any movement. It was confirmed with the surgery center that Succinylcholine was used, so unfortunately I was told I would just have to ride it out. Pain lasted for approximately 4 days, but when it finally went away it went away quickly. Woke up one morning and knew instantly that I had gotten the effects out of my system."

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This Sux · April 5, 2021

For Anesthesia "Soooo I had an emergency laparoscopic appendectomy due to acute appendicitis. I am about 36 hours postop recovering at home with no complications except for the unexpected EXCRUCIATING MUSCLE SORENESS in my neck, chest, shoulders, back, and abs. As others on here have described, before I verified that I, too, had been given Succinylcholine, I had begun to suspect I must’ve had some macabre group of sadistic doctors and nurses who abused my paralyzed body while I was under. Like they had somehow forced me to go through military boot camp or just took turns shaking me around like a rag doll on the operating table. If I hadn’t researched this drug and it’s horrendous effects, I swear I was this close to hiring a lawyer so I could sue the doctors for maltreatment or something! Without question, I will NEVER consent to this awful drug again. It will be on my list of drug “allergies” from now on. No wonder they call is SUX."

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SC · August 5, 2020

For Anesthesia "I will never allow anyone to give me this succinylcholine again, I had arthroscopic knee surgery that lasted 1hr, the next day the pain all over my body knocked the wind out of me just to move. I’m in day 2 of recovery and am very concerned, this is the most pain I have ever been in after any procedure."

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Kris · Taken for less than 1 month · March 22, 2021

For Anesthesia "I had liposuction around my mid section on Friday and felt well until the following afternoon. As the afternoon progressed, my thighs and calves started to tighten and by the evening, I could no longer lift my legs to take a step or even get into bed on my own. The pain was substantial when walking or using my legs and it was like I was virtually paralyzed below the waist. My doctor prescribed a muscle relaxant and after 24 hours, I'm functional again. I confirmed that sux was used. Never again, I've had a lot of sports surgeries and have a high pain tolerance but 24-30 hours of the weekend were about the worst in my entire life. Just know that a doctor can prescribe a muscle relaxant to help if you encounter this reaction to sux."

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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month · August 4, 2020

For Anesthesia "This stupid drug is more painful than the kidney stones that I had tried to pass and got stuck in my ureter. I’d rather pass a kidney stone than feel like how this drug makes me feel. My back is so painful , my neck is so painful, and my legs are so painful. I scream every time I try to move. This is absolutely ridiculous and I wouldn’t wish this drug on my worst enemy."

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Osbreeze · Taken for less than 1 month · April 21, 2020

For Anesthesia "I had a chemo port inserted yesterday. The anesthesiologist told me ahead of time that he couldn’t use his normal medication, propofol, because of it being saved for use with COVID-19 patients. I seriously feel like I have been hit by a truck. I am in severe pain from my neck to my calves. I can barely lift my arms. I can barely walk because of my hips and legs being so sore. Actually, I can barely move at all. I hurt worse now than I did after a double mastectomy and DIEP reconstruction 3 weeks ago. At least then I could walk! Now I can’t even do the arm exercises they had me doing the day after the mastectomy because I can’t bear to move my arms. I barely took any of my pain meds after my big surgery, but am using them now. This is crazy. Never again. This stuff should not be used."

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Pmarie57 · Taken for less than 1 month · December 30, 2018

Anectine (succinylcholine) for Anesthesia "I died on the operating table at the age of 19, and my heart was restarted. Anectine had paralyzed my heart along with the rest of me. I later found out I have cholinesterase deficiency. That's why my heart stopped."

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DC · Taken for less than 1 month · February 3, 2020

For Anesthesia "I had a endoscopy ultrasound and while out I stopped breathing so they had to put a breathing tube in. The paralytic they used was Succinylcholine. When I awoke I told them I felt horrible. Later that day and night every muscle from my neck to my ankles was in extreme pain. I couldn’t even get out of a chair, toilet or bed without help and it was painful even then. I couldn’t cough much because of the pain in my chest and back. HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE. Today is day 3 and I’m about 75% back to normal, I figure one more day and I’ll be back...I hope."

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Mary · Taken for less than 1 month · June 30, 2020

For Anesthesia "As with the other comments, I too had severe muscle pain all over. I was for outpatient lithotripsy. I had this before and the day after I remarked to a friend that I didn't remember being in this much pain last time. I finally called the doctor and he said it was probably a reaction to the anesthesia and I should drink a lot of water, which I did. The pain lasted 2-1/2 days but was very severe. Getting up and down and rolling over in bed was almost impossible. I plan on never having this anesthesia again."

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Scot65 · Taken for less than 1 month · September 11, 2019

For Anesthesia "After my succinylcholine anesthetic I woke up with severe muscle cramp pain so bad that I could barely walk or get in and out of bed for 3-4 days. I actually went to the ER for a morphine shot because of the pain. (The shot did nothing.) This was given to me for intubation prior to shoulder arthroscopy. NEVER again will I allow succinylcholine to be used on me."

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JRP · Taken for 1 to 6 months · August 15, 2019

For Anesthesia "My son was given this drug succinylcholine for 5 days while he was intubated After they took out the intubation he could not raise his arms. He was paralyzed from his shoulders down to his elbows on both arms. It has been three months now and a muscle biopsy showed that he has permanent nerve damage with succinylcholine in his muscles. Don't ever let them give you this medication."

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L.Page · June 23, 2016

For Anesthesia "Had this before surgery. True it knocked me out and I wasn't aware of proceedure. However the after effects have made me feel totally helpless, in so much pain. This will be added to my list of never use this drug on me again! This feels like I have been body slammed over and over. Every part of my body hurts."

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Vern · Taken for less than 1 month · November 3, 2018

For Anesthesia "I had a bladder surgery, as a outpatient, when I got home , I started hurting in my shoulders, then my calves, then the front of my legs, then my back, side, neck, I was hurting all over! Every muscle I have was hurting so bad, I felt like they had taken me and slammed me to the floor in the operating room AND jumped up and down on me! I have never been in so much pain in my life this is the 2nd day for me. I hope this pain ends soon. They should have to give each one of us that has been through this horrible pain 50,000 each for all our suffering!! They know this medicine can cause this kind of pain , and still they use it!!They need to STOP!!IT."

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Leigh · Taken for less than 1 month · April 4, 2021

For Anesthesia "I have the same symptoms as TommyJames mentioned. I had a hemorrhoid removed. The problems with breathing and muscle pain is indescribable. I know that propofol was used. I am not sure what else was used with it for sedation. I just want the pain to go away. This is day 2."

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Sarah · Taken for less than 1 month · May 3, 2020

For Anesthesia "I had this medication yesterday morning at night I haven't been able to sleep until now from cramps in legs specially calf and arms . Muscles cramps with hot sensation i can't even stand or walk without feeling horrible. Please if anyone took a certain drug that made him feel better please advise and tell me how long will it take to pass . I am a single mother alone with my kids in quarantine so I need to take care of them."

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lulu1122 · October 25, 2015

For Anesthesia "Succinylcholine was used as a pre-tubation muscle relaxer on my D & C outpatient surgery. Approximately 12 hours after surgery I began to have severe muscle aches and stiffness. I could barely move. All my muscles were affected. I couldn't cough as my abdominal muscles were very sore. Standing, sitting, walking was met with intense pain. Sleep was painful as I couldn't adjust myself. I was given pain meds that only helped slightly. Pain lasted 4 days."

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Bus driver lady · Taken for less than 1 month · March 16, 2022

Anectine (succinylcholine) for Anesthesia "I have a pseudocholinesterase deficiency. Having had a carpal tunnel release. I was supposed to be in and out of day surgery in 4 hours. 36 hours later I was extubated. I was awake and aware the whole time but unable to move (I couldn't even blink my eyes). This was the scariest moment even, not knowing if I was ever going to move."

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Troy M. Arizona · Taken for less than 1 month · February 18, 2018

For Anesthesia "I had some what I thought was relatively minor surgery yesterday that required general anesthesia. Sadly it's the third time in 2 weeks and I've probably got 2 more to go... Started roughly 12 hours after surgery INTENSE muscle pain and stiffness. This feels like overuse pain in my upper arms, thighs, legs, muscles in my rib area like I've done crunches all night. My jaw and back are the worst.. I had to sneeze earlier and thought I was gonna pass out. The area where the surgery was done -- not a twinge, well that I can feel in comparison.. I'm so stiff and sore I can barely move. I swear the O/R threw me on the floor and took turns beating the crap out of me? Why would areas of my body that had nothing to do during surgery feel like they've been through a freaking marathon race followed up with being hit by a truck? If I can handle bilateral kidney stones pushing three 7MM stones with stents in, anesthesia should be easy. I wouldn't give this to my worst enemy!!"

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Pained lady · September 12, 2016

For Anesthesia "I'm two days after gallbladder removal and was given this during anesthesia. Pain prior to surgery was excruciating but the all over pain from this is debilitating. Every leg, arm, stomach muscle is hurting to the point it's difficult to move anything. Even my jaws hurt. I will never use this drug again; I will deem myself allergic. I've recently had both hips replaced and was given a different muscle relaxant during those surgeries that did not cause any post operative pain. I'd never thought to ask about anesthesia drugs prior to surgeries. Due to the horrible pain I've experienced with succinylcholine, I will be certain to ensure its never used on me again. Other sufferers say it lasts about 4 days. I hope that's the outcome."

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Spengie · Taken for less than 1 month · December 22, 2017

For Anesthesia "I was given this agent prior to having my lumpectomy. I knew something was awry when my calves would hardly move once I was leaving recovery. Now, over 48 hours after surgery and my muscles are extremely sore. I've never had this reaction to any other general anesthesia agent before. I've made a note to never have it again!! My surgical incision feels wonderful while the rest of me feels like I've been run over by a train!"

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A nurse · September 19, 2018

For Anesthesia "I had a procedure that should’ve only required use of propofol but my anesthesiologist had to give me succinylcholine. It wasn’t until the next day but I suffered extreme muscle pain from my jaw down to my calves. My calf’s were the worst. I couldn’t even turn in bed by myself because my back muscles hurt so much! Took a week to feel back to normal except my calves. A month out and my calves still hurt if I try to run or jump or sprint up the stairs. Sometimes I’ll hear a pop in one or both calf’s which leaves me limping for the next week. I will never allow an anesthesiologist to give me this again! Save yourself the risk and ask for a different paralytic, there are others but a reversal will need to be given because they last longer than sux as the drug in mention is known as. The reversal drug for the other paralytics may cause one to have post op nausea but I’d welcome that over the awfulness that I've been through and continue to deal with."

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NSCSC Cancer Paul · August 22, 2017

For Anesthesia "Had a bronchoscopy that went a little long, so sux was used to supplement the regular anesthesia. Starting the next day I underwent 3 days of literally screaming agony; my entire body was stiff and to a certain extent unresponsive to conscious movement commands, and I felt made of dry wood. Kind of like the Tin Man ("Oilcan. Oilcan!"). Walking with 3-inch steps, groaning in pain with the slightest movement. 5 more days of decreasing pain after that. I believe I am still suffering from it 3 months after the fact. I'm continually dizzy and have had 5 or 6 blackout falls."

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