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Sunburn and Sun Poisoning (cont.)

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Can medications increase sensitivity to sunburn?

A large number of medications are known to increase skin sensitivity to sunlight and are called photosensitive drugs or medications. Some common ones include:

  • NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) including aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Aleve)
  • Antibiotics: Tetracyclines (tetracycline, doxycycline [Vibramycin]), Quinolone (ciprofloxacin [Cipro], levofloxacin [Levaquin]), Sulfonamides (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim; cotrimoxazole [Bactrim, Septra], sulfamethoxazole [Gantanol]).
  • Diuretics (water pills): thiazides (hydrochlorothiazide [Hydrodiuril], furosemide [Lasix])
  • Cardiac medications: amiodarone (Cordarone), quinidine
  • Diabetes drugs: sulfonylureas such as chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glyburide (Micronase, DiaBeta, Glynase)
  • Psychiatric drugs: chlorpromazine (Thorazine), tricyclic antidepressants such as desipramine (Norpramin) and imipramine (Tofranil)
  • Acne medications: isotretinoin (Accutane)
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/2/2014


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