I am posting this here from the perspective of a patient. I have never been psychotic prior to a dose of 4mg propofol for an EGD. When I woke up 30min after my procedure, I felt ok. 2 hours afterwards, I began to feel really empty inside and afraid. I was restless and could not eat. I was sleeping was 5 hours a night max. I would shiver in 90 degree weather, screamed really loud a couple of times for no reason, and became paranoid and disconnected from reality. I was admitted involuntarily to a psych hospital about 4 days later. I had to stay there for a month. They almost had me committed to a state hospital, actually.
It took me about 3 months to stop being afraid all the time, delusional, etc...I had depression in the past, but I had it controlled with meds that I had been taking for about 3 years. I was a full-time nurse of 3 years, and lost my job after that.
I am connecting my psychosis to the propofol because it was a sudden change in my behavior, so soon after receiving the medication. Everything I have looked up has said that this does not happen. I am hoping that maybe someone has heard of this happening to other patients...
Oct 1, '12
cheesepotato: Thanks for the kind words. I definitely tried looking for reactions to propofol like mine and found none, before posting here. It seems likely that it was just me, and not the medication. I am happy to say that I feel almost fully recovered. It feels great to have my mind back, and peace again. None of the meds they gave me really worked. I was on risperidol, depakote, and cogentin for dystonia (my face would smile to one side or both, jaw moved to one side, or my mouth would be forced to stay open). For me, was really just a matter of time and taking care of myself/being around people who were supportive.
Last edit by tegadermatitis on Oct 1, '12