Sun Sensitive Prescription List
This list was updated in February 2015

This list comprises the most common sun sensitive medications or phototoxic drugs, topicals and other agents and is meant to create awareness of any potential issues, not a complete guide or to replace your Doctor or Pharmacist’s recommendations. If you have specific questions about your prescription, please call your primary care physician or review with your pharmacist and bring papers, that you get from them, pertaining to your medication.

If you are using any of these photosensitive medications below or other medications, please let the staff at Body Beautiful know immediately. We are always concerned about not only helping you to look and feel more beautiful, but to make sure you are safe at all times.

Many of these may not pose a serious risk on there own, but when taking multiple medications at the same time (Example: Birth Control AND an Antibiotic), it now may increase your risk.

Some topical or oral medications need only a day or 2 to be safely out of your system, while others may take up to 4 weeks.

Protect Your Skin photosensitive medications 9.6.18

how to search this pageMost Common Classification of Photosensitizing Medications:

Acne Medications – Variety of medications, oral or topical, that fight acne bacteria or inflammation. There are multiple treatment options available, and sometimes it’s best to use several courses of action to treat acne.

  • Accutane
  • Differin
  • Soriatane

Antibiotics – Prescription medications that are used to help treat infections caused by bacteria. Many infections are contagious and/or serious life-threatening conditions, so it is important to take antibiotics correctly and thoroughly.

  • Sulfonamides (Trimethoprim, Sulfamethoxazole, Cotrimoxazole, etc.)
  • Quinolones (Levofloxacin, Ciprofloxacin, etc.)
  • Fluoroquinolones
  • Dapsone
  • Tetracyclines (Adoxa, Atridox, Doxycycline, etc.)

Antihistamines – Over the counter medicines that prevent or relieve allergy symptoms and side effects. Reactions have occurred in both systemic administration and topical application.
Benadryl (Diphenhydramine)

  • Claritin (Loratadine)
  • Periactin (Cyproheptadine)
  • Phenergan (Promethazine)
  • Zyrtec (Cetirizine)

Anti-Androgenic – Agent that blocks androgens, which are hormones that produce male characteristics. These are used to treat prostate cancer.

  • Androcur
  • Euflex
  • Spironolactone
  • Vaniqa Cream

Anti-Infectives – Class of antibiotics that help stop infections caused by a virus, parasite, bacteria or fungus.

  • Tetracyclines: Treat skin infections and acne (examples include but are not limited to Demeclocycline, Chlortetracycline, Oxytetracycline, Adoxa etc.)
  • Fluoroquinolones: Used to treat urinary tract infections and respiratory conditions (examples include but are not limited to Levaquin, Factive, Avelox, Floxin, Cipro, Noroxin, etc.)

Anti-Inflammatory (NSAIDs) Drugs – A medical treatment that reduces swelling and inflammation.

  • Ibuprofen
  • Naproxen
  • Ketoprofen

Anti-Cholesterol Medication – Class of medications that are used to lower cholesterol by suppressing enzymes that contribute to cholesterol production in one’s liver.

  • Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
  • Colesevalam HCL (Welchol)
  • Colestipol (Colestid)
  • Panthethine

 

Anti-Microbials – Medications used to slow or kill microorganisms (viruses, fungi, bacteria, etc.)

  • DDS (Dapsone)
  • Phisohex
  • Septisol

Antifungals – Medications used to treat fungus (cancer, yeast, candida).

  • Lotrimin
  • Mycoide
  • Clotrimazole

Blood Pressure Medications – A medication prescribed to help lower blood pressure levels called “antihypertensives.”

  • Hygroton
  • Lozol
  • Bumex

Cardiac Medications Combination of medications used after one suffers from a heart attack or heart-related conditions.

  • Cardizem, Dilacor or Tiazac
  • Cordarone
  • Procardia
  • Quinaglute

Treatment Over Sympathetic Ganglia – Patients that suffer from heart disease in the cardiac region and vagus nerves are not recommended to undergo laser treatments.

Cancer/Chemotherapy Medications – Chemotherapy involves using medications to kill cancer cells.

  • Anthracyclines
  • Dacarbazine (DTIC-Dome)
  • Taxanes
  • Vinblastine (Velsar)
  • 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU, Efudex, Fluoroplex)

Cutaneous Allergies –

  • Antihistamines
  • Antipruritic treatments (except for Vitamin D)
  • Corticosteroids
  • Epinephrine
  • Topical ointments/lotions

Diabetic Medications – Patients diagnosed with Type I Diabetes use insulin, while patients diagnosed with Type II Diabetes can manage their condition with diet and exercise. Some patients need oral medications to meet steady blood-glucose levels.

  • Actos (pioglitazone)
  • Avandia (rosiglitazone)
  • Glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase)
  • Repaglinide (Prandin)
  • Nateglinide (Starlix)

Diuretics – Medications that promote urine production.

  • Aldactone (Spironolactone)
  • Bumetanide
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Furosemide (Lasix)
  • Thiazides (Hyrodiuril)

Epidermal Growth Factors (Receptor Inhibitors) – Mitogenic proteins involved in the processes of wound healing, cell growth and tumor formations.

  • Erlotinib
  • Cetuximab
  • Gefitinib
  • Panitumumab
  • Vandetanib

Hypoglycaemics – Medications that lower blood glucose for patients with Type II Diabetes.

  • Alpha-Glucose Inhibitors
  • Biguanides
  • Sulfonylureas (Glyburide, Glipizide)
  • Thiazolidinediones

Major Tranquilizers – Medications taken to reduce anxiety or tension.

  • Butyrophenones
  • Phenothiazines
  • Piperidine and Piperazine Compounds
  • Thioxanthenes

Malaria Medications – Recommended medications for malaria differ depending on the country where the patient was diagnosed; antimalarials are used to treat and prevent malaria.

  • Chloroquine (Aralen)
  • Quinine (Quinite)
  • Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)

Neuroleptics/Anticonvulsants – Medications used to manage patients that suffer from psychosis, specifically bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

  • Aripiprazole (Abilify)
  • Olanzapine (Zyprexa)
  • Phenothiazines (Fluphenazine/Chlorpromazine)
  • Thioxanthenes (Chlorprothixene)
  • Ziprasidone (Geodon)

Painkillers – Class of medications used to relieve pain.

  • Celebrex
  • Hydrocodone
  • Meperidine
  • Oxycodone

Porphyrins – Group of medications that are used to treat porphyrias.

  • Beta carotene
  • Chloroquine (Aralen)
  • Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)
  • Vitamin D

Pro-photosensitisers (PDT) – These drugs can cause rashes or sunburn on exposed skin.

  • 5-Aminolevulinic Acid
  • Methyl-5-Aminolevulinic Acid
  • Photofrin

Psychiatric Medications/Antidepressants – Class of medications that treat depressive disorders and conditions (OCD, eating disorders, anxiety, etc.)

  • Ativan/Xanax
  • Prozac/Zoloft
  • Phenothiazines (Chlorpromazine, Fluphenazine, Perphenazine)
  • Tricyclic Anti-depressants (Desipramine, Imipramine)

Retinoids – Medications connected with Vitamin A used to control epithelial cell growth.

  • Acitretin
  • Differin
  • Isotretinoin
  • Retin-A
  • Tazorac

Skin Medications for Skin Cancer Medications used to treat skin cancer.

  • 5-Aminolevulinic acid (ALA or Levulan)
  • Methyl-5-Aminolevulinic Acid
  • Photofrin
  • Verteporfin

Steroids – Organic compounds that include vitamins, hormones and alkaloids. These may inhibit wound healing if combined with laser treatments.

  • Androstenedione
  • Boldenone
  • Danazol (man-made steroid)
  • NandrolonePorphyria
  • Stanozolol
  • Testosterone

Other

  • Amiodarone
  • Coal Tar (Denorex, Tegrin)
  • Dapsone
  • Diltiazem
  • DiLTiazem
  • Enalapril
  • Hydroxychloroquine
  • Para-Aminobenzoic Acid
  • Paclitaxel
  • Porphyria
  • Quinine
  • Quinidine
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) Tattoos
  • Vitiligo

Additional Photo-allergic and Photosensitive Drug List:

Acetazolamide
Acetophenazine
Acetohexamide
Acridine Preparations
Aciphex
Acitretin
Agave Lechuguilla
Agrimony
Aldactazide
Aldoclor
Aldoril
Aldesleukin
Allopurinol
Alprazolam
Amantadine
Amiloride
Aminoacridine
Aminosalicylate Sodium
Amiodarone
Amitriptyline
Amobarbital
Amoxapine
Anesthetics
Anthracene
Apresazide
Apresoline-Esidrix
Astemizole
Atenolol
Atorvastatin
Atropine Sulfate
Azathioprine
Azithromycin
Auranofin
Aureomycin
Azatadine
Azo Gantanol
Azo Gantrisin
Bactrim
Barbiturates
Bavachi
Belladonna and Opium
Benazepril
Bendroflumethiazide
Benzhydryl
Benzene
Benztropine
Betaxolol
Bisoprolol
Bithionol
Blankophor
Botulinum Toxin Type A
Bromchlorsalicylanilid
Bromodiphenhydramine
Brompheniramine
Bumetanide
Butabarbital
Butalbital
Buspirone
Butyl Chloro Salicylanilide
Cadmium Sulfide
Calcifediol
Calcitriol
Calcium Cyclamate
Capozide
Captopril
Carbamazepine & Trimethadione
Carbinoxamine d-form
Carbamazepine
Carbutamide
Carisoprodol
Carteolol
Cefazolin
Ceftazidime
Celecoxib
Cerivastatin
Cetirizine
Chlorambucil
Chlordiazepoxide
Chlorhexidine
Chlorophyll
Chlorpropamide
Chloroquine
Chlorothiazide
Chlorpheniramine
Chlorpropamide
Chlorthalidone
Cinoxacin
Ciprofloxacin
Citalopram
Clemastine
Clofazimine
Clofibrate
Clomiphene
Clomipramine
Clorazepate
Clozapine
Co-Trimoxazole
Corzide
Cromolyn
Cyclamate
Cyclobenzaprine
Cyclothiazide
Cyclopentolate
Cyproheptadine
Dacarbazine
Daratal
Danazol
Dantrolene
Dapsone
Demeclocycline
Demi-Regroton
Dexchlorpheniramine
Diabinese
Dibenzopyran
Derivative
Diazoxide
Diclofenac
Diflunisal
Digitoxin
Digoxin
Dilantin
Diltiazem
Dimenhydrinate
Diphenhydramine
Diphenylpyraline
Diupres
Diuretics
Diuril
Diutensen-R
Disopyramide
Docetaxel
Doxepin
Doxycycline - common drug
Doxycycline Hyclate
Duragesic
Dyazide
Enalapril
Encainide
Enduronyl
Enoxacin
Eosin
Epoetin Alfa
Erythrocin
Erythrosin
Esmil
Ethambutol
Estazolam
Estrogens
Ethacrynic Acid
Ethambutol
Ethionamide
Etrafon
Etodolac
Etretinate
Fansidar
Felbamate
Fenofibrate
Fetichlor
Flecainide Acetate
Flucytosine
Fluorouracil
Fluoxetine
Fluphenazine
Flurbiprofen
Flutamide
Fosinopril
Fluvastatin
Fluvoxamine
Fosinopril
Furazolidone
Furosemide
Ganciclovir
Gentamicin
Glimepiride
Glipizide
Glyburide
Glyceryl P-Aminobenzoate
Glycopyrrolate
Gold & Gold Compounds
Grepafloxacin
Grepafloxacin
Griseofulvin
Halogenated Carbanilides
Halogenated Phenol
Halogenated Salicylanilides
Haloperidol
Heroin
Hematoporphyrin
Hydralazine
Hydrochlorothiazide
Hydroflumethiazide
Hydropres
Hydroxypropyl Cellulose
Hyoscyamine
Hydroxyurea
Indapamide
Inderide
Indomethacin
Interferons, Alfa
Iohexol
IsocarboxazidOsothipencyl
Isoniazid
Isotretinoin
Itraconazole
Kanamycin
Ketoconazole
Labetalol
Lamotrigine
Lantinin
Leuprolide
Levamisole
Levofloxacin
Limbitrol
Lincomycin
Lisinopril
Lomefloxacin
Lopressor HCT
Loratadine
Losartan
Lovastatin
Loxapine
Maprotiline
Maxzide
Meclizine
Meclofenamate
Medroxyprogesterone
Mefenamic Acid
Mepazine
Mepergan
Mephenytoin
Meprobamate
Mercaptopurine
Mesalamine
Mestranol
Mesoridazine
Metformin
Methyclothiazide
Methazolamide
Methenamine
Methotrexate
Methoxsalen
Methsuximide
Methylene (blue, orange, red or violet)
Methyldopa
Methylphenidate
Metolazone
Minizide
Minocycline
Minoxidil
Mirtazapine
Mitomycin
Moexipril
Moduretic
Monochlor Phenacemide
Monoglyceride P Aminobenzoate
Molindone
Muromonab - CD3
Musk Ambrette
Nabilone
Nabumetone
Nadison
Nalidixic Acid
Naphthalene
Naratriptan
Nefazodone
Neuroleptics
Neutral Red
Nifedipine
Nisoldipine
Nitrofurantoin
Norepinephrine Bitartrate
Norethynodrel and Diethylstilbestrol
Norfloxacin
Nortriptyline
Ofloxacin
Olanzapine
Oral Contraceptives
Oretical
Orinase
Ornade
Oxaprozin
Pacatal
Para-Dimethylamino Azobenzene
Paraphenylenediamine
Paroxetine
Pediazole
Penicillin Derivatives
Pentobarbital
Pentosan
Pentostatin
Pergolide Mesylate
Perloline
Perphenazine
Phenanthrene Phenazine
Phenelzine
Phenindamine
Phenobarbital
Phenolic Compounds
Phenoxazines
Phenylbutazone
Phenytoin
Pimozide
Piroxicam
Polythiazide
Porphyrins
Pravastatin
Prinzide
Procarbazine
Procaine
Procarbazine
Prochlorperazine
Procyclidine
Protriptyline
Promazine
Promethazine
Propranolol
Protriptyline
Piroxicam
Psoralens
Pseudafed (Sudafed)
Pyridoxine
Pyrilamine
Pyridine
Pyrimethamine
Quetiapine
Quinacrine
Quinapril
Quinestrol
Quinethazone
Ramipril
Ranitidine
Ribavirin
Riluzole
Risperidone
Ritonavir
Rofecoxib
Ropinirole
Rose Bengal
Rue
Ru-Tuss II
Saccharin
Salicylanilides
Salicylates
Salutensin/Salutensin-Demi
Saquinavir
Scopolamine
Selegiline
Ser-Ap-Es
Serpasil-Esidrix
Silver Salts
Sertraline
Sildenafil
Simvastatin
Sodium Cromoglycate
Sparine
Sparfloxacin
Spironolactone
Streptomycin
Stilbamidine Isethionate
Sulfadiazine
Sulfadoxine
Sulfamethoxazole
Sulfisoxazole
Sulfone Sulfonylureas
Sulindac
Sumatriptan
Temaril
Tenoretic
Terfenadine
Terazosin
Terbinafine
Terramycin
Tetrachlorosalicylanilide
Therahistin
Thiazides
Thiophene
Thioproperazine Dihydrochloride
Thioridazine
Thiosulfil-A
Thiothixene
Thorazine
Tiagabine
Timolol
Tiopronin
Tolazamide
Tolbutamide
Toluene
Toluidine Blue
Trandate HCT
Tranylcypromine
Trazodone
Tretinoin
Triaminic TR
Triamterene
Tribromosalicylanilide
Triazolam
Trichlormethiazide
Tridione
Triethylene Melamine
Trifluoperazine
Trihexyphenidyl
Trilafon
Trimeprazine
Trimethadione
Trimethoprim
Trimethylpsoralen
Tripyrathiazine Sulfamethoxazole
Trimetrexate
Trimipramine
Trioxsalen
Tripelennamine
Triprolidine
Tropicamide
Trovafloxacin
Theaflavin
Trypan Blue
Ultraoxpsoralen
Vaseretic
Valsartan
Venlafaxine
Verapamil
Vesprin
Vinblastine
Vidarabine
Vitamin A or D
Zalcitabine
Zaleplon
Zestoretic
Zidovudine
Zolmitriptan
Zolpidem

 

Topical Agents – only a concern on the area actually being treated
Several topical solutions and medications may cause one’s skin to develop a rash or burn when exposed to lasers. Photosensitivity can become a serious adverse reaction on the skin to particular agents within the laser. The agents can be absorbed topically, orally or subcutaneously and must be present during the laser treatment. Photosensitizers can cause rashes, erythema, burning, swelling, inflammation or increase overall risks.

Topical Agents

  • Essential Oils
  • Angelica
  • Bergamot Citrus
  • Bitter Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Tagetes
  • Tangerine
  • Yuzu
  • Makeup (foundation tints)
  • Tanning Products (Bronzers, tinglers, enhancers) – If a patient uses tanning lotions, creams, moisturizers, etc., or is wearing makeup or scented creams may increase side effects and reactions.

Fragrances/Colognes/Perfumes – Avoid at least 24 hours before treatment.

  • 6-Methylcoumarin
  • Musk

Oral or Topical Medications

  • Accutane
  • Differin
  • Duac
  • Hormone Treatments
  • Estrogen
  • Oral Contraceptives
  • Renova
  • Retin-A
  • Tazorac
  • Tetracycline (Doxycycline)

too much fun in the sunSunscreens – Lotion or cream used on the skin to prevent harm from the sun (sunburn) by reflecting and absorbing the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.

  • Para-aminobenzoic Acid/PABA (Eclipse, Block Out, Sea & Ski)
  • Benzophenones (Arimis, Clinique)
  • Cinnamates (Arimis, Estee Lauder)
  • Dioxbenzone (Solbar Plus)
  • Oxybenzone (Eclipse, PreSun, Shade)
  • Salicylates

 

Contra-Indications to Laser Treatments

Contra-Indications to Laser Treatments – If a patient is using a certain medication or has recently undergone a surgery or procedure, it is strongly suggested that the patient should share that information before getting a laser treatment because it may cause harm to the patient.

Direct Irradia Eyes – Some lasers can potentially be harmful to the human Retina, however, damage to the Retinal is very improbable. To avoid this possibility, special wavelength safety goggles must be worn during laser treatments.

Diabetes, Epilepsy, Lupus – Nervous disorders must be evaluated prior to beginning laser treatments.

Hirsutism (Excessive Body Hair) – (The medical term for excessive body hair) can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Such conditions are generally hormone related, e.g. polycystic ovarian syndrome. The first port of call, if you have excessive body hair, should be to your General Practitioner, to discuss the problem and rule out any underlying health problems, which could be causing problems, such as female facial hair (usually around the mustache or beard area) that grows like men’s hair pattern. There are a lot of factors that contribute (genetics, hormones)

Keloid scarring – May have an increased risk of scarring from laser treatments.

Herpes Simplex Virus (I or II) – During laser treatments, the heat from the laser may cause flare-ups over areas that have previously had outbreaks. Patients will need to begin their prescription herpes medication approximately four-five days prior to their treatment. However, if a patient is having an active outbreak, they must reschedule and cannot go through with treatments at that time.

Hemorrhage – Laser treatments may cause hemorrhages to become more severe if it is broken, inflamed, cut or irritated near the treated area.

Cancer Tumor – Although research does not support this theory, it is recommended to not receive laser treatments over a primary or secondary carcinoma tumor or lesion.

Radiation Therapy – Patients undergoing LLLT are not recommended to undergo laser treatments due to research that supports its effect on the immune system.

Immunosuppressant Drugs – It is not recommended for patients taking immunosuppressant drugs to undergo

  • laser treatments.
  • Tacrolimus

Pregnancy – Doctors dictate that LLLT should not be conducted over the pregnant woman’s uterus.

Important Sun and Wavelength Information – The infrared range from 700nm to 1,000,000nm (1mm) affects the electromagnetic radiation when it reaches Earth. The 3 categories of wavelengths:

  • Infrared-A 700 nm – 1,400 nm
  • Infrared-B 1,400 nm – 3,00 nm
  • Infrared-C 3,000 nm – 1 mm

The visible wavelength of light (visible to the human eye) reaches from 380-780 nm. This range is the strongest output from the sun’s entire irradiance spectrum. Ultraviolet C (UVC), spanning from 100-280 nm. Ultraviolet is defined as the range where the radiation is at a higher frequency than violet, which is invisible to the naked eye. Ultraviolet B (UVB) ranges from 280-315 nm, and is absorbed by the atmosphere itself. UVB and UVC create photochemical reactions which lead to the creation of the ozone layer, which causes sunburn and may damage DNA.

Ultraviolet A (UVA) ranges from 315-400 nm. It was once believed that UVA was less damaging to the DNA, which is why artificial tanning (tanning beds) became popular. However, research now supports that UVA causes significant damage to the DNA and can assist in causing cancer.

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