Can any medications increase sun damage to skin?

Celeste Robb-Nicholson
Internal Medicine
If you're taking certain medications, sun exposure can cause additional damage to your skin. It's important to check the labels of any of the medications you're taking to see if they cause photosensitivity. Those most commonly used include the antibiotic doxycycline, hydrochlorothiazide diuretics, and antiarrhythmics, such as amiodarone.
There are medications that can increase sun damage to skin. For example, some antibiotics can increase senstivity to sunlight exposure and may lead to skin damage. There are many other classes of medication that can also be affected by sun exposure. It is important to talk with a healthcare provider or pharmacist about any risk with sun exposure when starting new medications.

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