Sumatriptan caused green blood?

Friday, June 08, 2007


A man was admitted to a hospital in Vancouver, BC for compartment syndrome in both legs. When an artery line was inserted into a wrist artery the blood did not show the normal bright red colour. "It was sort of a green-black. ... Like an avocado skin maybe.'' according to Dr. Alana Flexman. "...the blood kept coming back as dark green instead of bright red.''

The staff at the hospital suspect the condition may have been caused by the man's migraine medication. "...the condition may have been brought on by the man's migraine medication, Sumatriptan, which he was taking in higher-than-advised doses..."

Anyone else take their migraine/cluster headache medications more than prescribed?

Here are a few links to the story.
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Paul

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3 Comments:

Crikey! I regularly take more than 200mg of sumatriptan in a day and have yet have my blood turn green! The news article doesn't indicate what the ill effects of having green blood are as his medical problems seemed to be caused by falling asleep sitting up.

I also inject sumatriptan in 6mg shots - I have no idea whether the active amount of drug is similar to a 100mg tablet, tbh.

By Anonymous lilyjade, at 8 June 2007 at 15:36  

yup, me too. and sometimes combine different triptans. I may start with a spray of zomig, later take an oral frova, and end up having to take shots of imitrex. Last time I looked (occasionally there's a drop of blood when I take shots), it was red.

By Blogger catmum, at 8 June 2007 at 23:44  

triptans can be your best or worst enemy. I don't recall ever having green blood, but I did have a few too many tia's and an anaphylactic reaction. enough for me to say, "good bye"

By Blogger deborah, at 9 June 2007 at 05:47  

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