Who should not be given indigo carmine?

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Indigo carmine should not be taken orally and it should only be injected into the body by a doctor. Large doses can cause skin discoloration in infants and children and underweight adults. This blue dye, used in diagnostic testing of the bladder and kidneys, is not known to cause side effects in children or adults. It's also not known to interact with medications or foods. In a small number of cases, it may raise blood pressure levels.

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