MedXpress: pain medications increase sensitivity to sunlight

June 25, 2024  19:31

Antihistamines, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as naproxen or ibuprofen), some antibiotics (Bactrim or tetracycline) and antidepressants may increase sensitivity to sunlight, increasing the risk of unwanted skin reactions. Experts from the Meyo Clinic (one of the largest private medical and research centers in the world) told MedicalXpress (MedXpress).

Experts noted that the period from 10:00 to 16:00 is the time when the sun is the brightest and the probability of sunburn is the highest. Protection from ultraviolet radiation can be provided by staying in the shade, wearing closed clothing and using sunscreen.

There are also factors that can increase sensitivity to the sun and increase the risk of unwanted skin reactions (redness, blisters, itching, swelling, hyperpigmentation). These include taking antipyretics and pain medications (naproxen or ibuprofen), antihistamines (allergy medications), antibiotics (bactrim or tetracycline), antidepressants, neuroleptics, and oral diabetes medications.

The fact is that these drugs contain certain chemicals that can be activated by UV light and lead to photosensitization. This means that as a result of taking them, the skin can become more susceptible to sunlight and therefore damage.

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