Background: We aimed to compare the effects of succinylcholine and rocuronium-sugammadex on development of myalgia and headache after electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
Methods: Forty-five patients undergoing ECT were enrolled in the study. Anesthesia induction was provided with propofol 1 mg/kg intravenously (IV) + succinylcholine 1 mg/kg IV in group S (n = 24) and propofol 1 mg/kg IV + rocuronium 0.3 mg/kg IV in group R (n = 21). Sugammadex 4 mg/kg IV was administered to group R after the motor seizure. The first 3 ECT sessions were evaluated on the basis of time to onset of spontaneous respiration following the induction, time to eye-opening response to verbal stimuli, and visual analog scale (VAS) scores for myalgia and headache at hours 2, 6, 12, and 24 following the ECT for all patients.
Results: The times to onset of spontaneous respiration and eye-opening response to verbal stimuli were significantly shorter in all the 3 sessions in group R compared with group S (P < 0.002). Myalgia VAS scores at hours 2, 6, and 12 and the headache VAS scores at hours 2 and 6 were significantly higher in group S versus group R (P < 0,015).
Conclusions: We concluded that the rates of myalgia and headache after ECT were significantly lower in group R than in group S, and also the awakening time (spontaneous respiration and opening the eyes in response to verbal stimuli) was significantly shorter in group R compared with group S.