There are several medications that can lead to photosensitivity, or sun sensitivity. Photosensitivity appears similar to sunburn and usually occurs within 24 hours of exposure to the sun while taking photosensitivity medications.
Avoiding sun exposure and tanning beds is recommended for protection while using these medications. Apply sunscreen SPF 30 or higher with UVA and UVB protection every few hours if you will be exposed to the sunlight. Some common medications that can lead to photosensitivity include, but are not limited to:
Antibiotics: ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline, TMP-SMX
Antidepressants: amytriptyline, desipramine, doxepin, imipramine, nortriptyline, trazodone
Malaria medications: quinine, chloroqine, hydroxychloroquine
Chemotherapy medications: 5-fluorouracil, vinblastine, dacarbazine
Disease-modifying agents (rheumatoid arthritis/lupus): dapsone, hydroxychloroquine, methotrexate, sulfasalazine
Cardiac/blood pressure medication: amiodarone, nifedipine, quinidine, diltiazem, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide
Diabetic medications: chlorpropamide, glyburide
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications: naproxen, piroxicam, ibuprofen
Acne medications: isotretinoin (Accutane)
Before taking your medications or spending time in the sun, consult your pharmacist to find out if your medication(s) can lead to photosensitivity.