Ouch! Are My Meds Making Me Sun-Sensitive?

    (BlackDoctor.org) — Both over-the-counter and prescription medications can make the skin more sensitive to sunlight, or “photosensitive.”

    Symptoms of a photosensitivity reaction include redness, warmth, blisters, swelling, and sometimes rash. Prescription medicines most often responsible for photosensitivity reactions include the antibiotics tetracycline, cotrimoxazole, and ciprofloxacin. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as indomethacin, nabumetone and diuretics (water pills) such as hydrochlorothiazide can also be responsible, among others.

    There are also many ingredients in over-the-counter products can cause photosensitivity reactions as well including bergamot oil, mint or citrus fragrance, and coal tar, a common ingredient in eczema and dandruff products.

    Other over-the-counter culprits include pain relievers such as ibuprofen and naproxen; itch-stopping creams containing diphenhydramine (Benadryl cream); and acne medications containing benzoyl peroxide (Oxy 10, Clearasil Maximum Strength).

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