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Volume 2 June 2005 Number 11

An Exclusive Continuing Education Publication of Acadiana Consultant Pharmacy Service
Author, Publisher, Editor-in Chief, Typesetter & Printer, Charles S. Feucht,PD,FASCP PharmD candidate

Medication News & Update

Purple spots appearing on patient's skin; What are they? What drugs could be causing this?

Petechiae - A small purplish spot on a body surface, such as the skin or a mucous membrane, caused by a minute hemorrhage and often seen in typhus. These spots can also be caused as an adverse drug reaction. They may result from the use of any of the drugs listed below. Even though a drug you are taking may not be listed here its possible it could be causing your purple spots as an idiosyncratic reaction.( a reaction not common to or characteristic of that drug)

•Aldesleukin, IL-2

• Ammonium Lactate

• Ardeparin

• Arsenic Trioxide

• Atropine

• Azacitidine

• Betamethasone

• Chlorzoxazone

• Ciprofloxacin

• Corticotropin, ACTH

• Cortisone

• Dexamethasone

• Diphtheria Toxoid, Tetanus Toxoid, Acellular Pertussis Vaccine, DTaP; Hepatitis B Vaccine,  

   Recombinant; Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine, IPV

• Drotrecogin Alfa

• Fondaparinux

• Gemtuzumab Ozogamicin

• Heparin

• Hepatitis B Vaccine, Recombinant

• Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ; Quinapril

• Hydrocortisone

• Ibritumomab Tiuxetan

• Imatinib, STI-571

• Iodixanol

• Iohexol

• Iopamidol

• Ioversol

• Lidocaine

• Meprobamate

• Methylprednisolone

• Omeprazole

• Pentostatin

• Piroxicam

• Pneumococcal Vaccine, Polyvalent

• Prednisolone

• Prednisone

• Procarbazine

• Quinine

• Triamcinolone

• Trimipramine

• Valproic Acid, Divalproex Sodium

• Warfarin




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