Methylene blue (Intravenous)
Methylene Blue (METH-i-leen BLOO)
Treats methemoglobinemia (a condition where your blood cannot carry oxygen properly, usually because you have been exposed to a certain drug or chemical).
Brand Name(s):There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:You should not be given this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to methylene blue.
How to Use This Medicine:
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Severe shortness of breath.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Chest pain.
- Headache, or feeling confused.
- Heavy sweating.
- Nausea, or stomach pain.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Last Updated: 1/4/2011
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