Sun-Sensitive Drugs (Photosensitivity to Drugs) (cont.)

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Sun-sensitizing Drugs (Photosensitivity) At A Glance

  • Many common medications may cause a reaction in some individuals that is similar to sunburn.
  • Symptoms of sun sensitivity are similar to those of sunburn.
  • The phototoxic reactions may happen within hours of exposure to sun.
  • The photoallergic reactions may happen after several days of exposure to sun.

REFERENCES:

Arndt, K. et al. Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery: An integrated program in dermatology. N Engl J Med 1996; 335:826 September 12, 1996

MedscapeReference.com. Porphyria Cutanea Tarda.

New England Journal of Medicine 2004;350:1111-1117. Photosensitivity by Morrison, MD.

Previous contributing author: Siamak T. Nabili, MD, MPH


Last Editorial Review: 7/18/2012


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