Sun-Sensitive Drugs - Phototoxic Drugs

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Phototoxic drugs

Common phototoxic drugs include the following:


  • quinolonesfor, example, ciprofloxacin (Cipro, Cipro XR, Proquin XR), and levofloxacin (Levaquin)
  • tetracyclines, for example, tetracycline (Achromycin), doxycycline (Vibramycin, Oracea, Adoxa, Atridox and others
  • sulfonamides, for example, sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim; cotrimoxazole (Bactrim, Septra), and sulfamethoxazole (Gantanol)


  • diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

Malaria medications

  • quinine (Quinerva, Quinite, QM-260)
  • chloroquine (Aralen)
  • hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)

Cancer chemotherapy drugs

  • 5-fluorouracil (5-FU, Efudex, Carac, Fluoroplex)
  • vinblastine (Velban, Velsar)
  • dacarbazine (DTIC-Dome)

Cardiac drugs

  • amiodarone (Cordarone)
  • nifedipine (Procardia)
  • quinidine (Quinaglute, Quinidex)
  • diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac)


  • furosemide (Lasix)
  • thiazides [hydrochlorothiazide (Hydrodiuril)

Diabetic drugs

  • sulfonylureas [chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glyburide (Micronase, DiaBeta, Glynase)]


  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [naproxen (Naprosyn, Naprelan, Anaprox, Aleve), piroxicam (Feldene)

Skin medications

  • photodynamic therapy for skin cancer [ALA or 5-aminolevulinic acid (Levulan), Methyl-5-aminolevulinic acid)

Acne medications

  • isotretinoin (Accutane)
  • acitretin (Soriatane)

Psychiatric drugs

  • phenothiazines [chlorpromazine (Thorazine)]
  • tricyclic antidepressants [desipramine (Norpramin), imipramine (Tofranil)
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Comment from: cbeard9071, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 28

The medicine I am taking for high blood pressure, hydrochlorothiazide, causes me to react to the sun. I get weak and feel dizzy. I also have pains feel sick to my stomach. I have had this happen more than once since I have taken this medicine. It does say to stay out of direct sunlight. Even when driving down the road it has happened as well.

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