SUN SENSITIVE MEDS
A number of medications – including some blood pressure drugs, diuretics, antidepressants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen), and antibiotics – can cause “chemical photosensitivity,” which is an enhanced reaction to ultraviolet (UV) light that renders the skin extra-sensitive to the sun. Symptoms include exaggerated sunburn, rashes, hives, itching, and blistering. To stay safe ● Try to avoid sun exposure when the sun’s rays are strongest, which typically occurs between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. ● Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30, and reapply it frequently throughout the day. ● Wear a large hat to shield your face from the sun, and try to cover exposed skin (via pants or a long-sleeved shirt) as often as possible.