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Drugs causing facial flushing

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Drug-induced causes include:

  • morphine
  • sodium monoglutamate
  • nitrates
  • calcium channel blockers
  • TRH injection
  • nicotinic acid
  • alcohol may cause flushing:
    • in some diabetics taking chlorpropamide
    • with disulfiram
    • procarbazine, oral ketoconazole, and has been reported, in one patient taking griseofulvin.


  • Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin (1996), Drugs and alcohol: harmful cocktails?, 34 (5), 36-8.

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