Happy August! We have another hot sunny month ahead of us here in Sacramento. Besides the need to protect our skin from damaging rays to reduce the risk of skin cancer, it is also important to keep in mind that many medications can increase sensitivity to heat and/or sunlight.
The following list, although by no means all-inclusive, covers many of the commonly-prescribed drugs to be aware of…
Antibiotics: Cipro, Bactrim, Minocin, Vibramycin (and other fluoroquinolones and tetracylines)
Antidepressants: Elavil, Silenor, Anafranil, Pamelor (and other tricyclic antidepressants)
Antipsychotics: Risperdal, Zyprexa (and others)
Blood Pressure Meds: Zestril, Lotensin, Benicar, Diovan, Microzide, Diuril (and other ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, and thiazide diuretics)
Overactive Bladder Meds: Ditropan, Vesicare (and other anticholinergics)
Pain Meds: Motrin, Naprosyn
Protect your skin! More info can be found in this Consumer Reports Article.