Medication that turns skin bluish?

  1. I got a test question stating a patient is taking a medication that is turning his skin bluish. I was asked to identify the likely medication. Silver was not one of the options. I can't remember the other options. Anyone know?
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    That would be amiodarone...
  4. by   NRSKarenRN
    Another thing to consider ...
    When the skin turns bluish or purplish, it could be due to the lack of oxygen in the blood or anemia. The oxygen-poor blood is bluish red in color. Women suffering from pneumonia, long diseases and some heart problems are troubled with this type of pigmentation too.
  5. by   EricJRN
    Agree with Jan. Amiodarone (Cordarone) is likely.

    Extended use of minocycline has also been associated with a blue-gray discoloration of the skin.
  6. by   tconlgirl
    Does amiodoarone really turn skin blue-ish? I had no idea, I have even given that med before. Why does it do that? Anyone know? I COULD look it up, but if someone wants to share
  7. by   morte
    http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/art...id=1959100this
    this is really old.....and perhaps the mode of action has been proven to be otherwise, but interesting.....and i cant say that i remember this from school.....and this article predates EVEN me....schooling that is...lol
  8. by   Boog'sCRRN246
    I think methotrexate turns the skin bluish too
  9. by   pagandeva2000
    What about Coumadin...the purple toe syndrome? Interesting about amidoraone...didn't know that!
  10. by   mistyda
    Thanks guys. I think Amiodorone was one of the options.
  11. by   Longie
    I had a psych pt during a rotation in school whose skin was BLUE without doubt. You could pick it out from quite a distance away. It would seem to wax and wane in intensity from day to day. The nurses told me it was a reaction to Thorazine--my drug guide lists 'pigment changes' as a potential side effect. The nurses also said that this was permanent and pt had for several years now.

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