How is methemoglobinemia prevented?

Updated: Dec 09, 2018
  • Author: Mary Denshaw-Burke, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Recognition and avoidance of precipitating factors are important for prevention of methemoglobinemia, especially in susceptible populations. Monitoring of well water levels may be needed. Individuals with known G6PD deficiency or methemoglobin reductase enzyme deficiencies should use great care with the ingestion of oxidizing medications and endeavor to minimize or prevent toxin exposure.

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