GENERIC NAME: METHYLENE BLUE - INJECTION (METH-ih-leen blue)
USES: This medication is used as a diagnostic agent because of its blue staining properties. This is also used in the treatment of cyanide poisoning and methemoglobinemia (a blood disorder).
HOW TO USE: This medication is given by intravenous (IV) injection over several minutes by a health care professional.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, stomach upset, diarrhea, vomiting or bladder irritation may occur. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, notify your doctor. This medication causes the urine, stools and possibly skin to turn green-blue in color. Do not be alarmed. Expect this effect. The discoloration will disappear when the medication is stopped. Notify your doctor if you notice: high fever, severe nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, headache, chest pain, dizziness, profuse sweating. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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