Mystery as anti-depressant drug changes man’s skin colour from white to dark grey
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A man whose skin turned grey after taking anti-depressants has left doctors stumped.
Tyler Monk, from Louisiana, USA, was prescribed fluoxetine, a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that is commonly prescribed to treat depression.
The 34-year-old started taking the drug in May 2021, and while he didn't notice any improvements to his mental health, within a week his wife Emily spotted that his skin was changing colour.
Tyler stopped taking the medication after a few weeks, but his skin continued to darken and he also experienced other symptoms, such as sensitivity to sunlight and extremely red, irritated eyes.
Initially, the pest control field inspector was in denial about his symptoms, but upon accepting his skin was turning grey he visited numerous specialists, none of which have been able to provide answers.
"First they thought it was photosensitivity, so I'm having a reaction to light, but I've been covering up and I'm still getting darker," Tyler said.
"I can't get any answers from the specialists so we decided to post on TikTok. We thought that it couldn't hurt to share online, so let's see if by some chance anyone else out there has had this happen or maybe has some answers for us.
"It's mainly been supportive. People have made lots of jokes. But we joke a lot so we just laugh along with them."
Doctors have ruled out any serious diseases, poisoning and autoimmune conditions - but they still can't tell the Monks what is causing the problems.
Tyler's dermatologist has now referred him for an appointment with a team of eight skin specialists in a bid to crack the case.
Emily - who has two children with Tyler - said his wellbeing is all that matters to the family.
The 28-year-old said: "For me and the children, we just worry about his health.
"We really don’t mind the colour change as long as he's healthy and okay with it. We support whatever he chooses to do about it."
Emily has set up a GoFundMe to cover medical costs, saying: "We just want answers and to make sure he is healthy."
You can donate here.
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