Drug-Induced Photosensitivity and the Major Culprits

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Abstract

Photosensitivity is a condition that occurs when sunlight or artificial forms of radiation interact with a medication to produce an adverse cutaneous drug eruption. This adverse reaction may increase the incidence of skin cancer and can be prevented with proper counseling. There are 2 major types of photosensitivity: phototoxic reactions, which occur when an individual is exposed to both high doses of medication and radiation, and photoallergic reactions, which require an immune-mediated response. Several classes of drugs are commonly implicated in photosensitivity reactions, including tetracyclines, floroquinolones, sulfonamides, diuretics, phenothiazine antipsychotics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. This review will discuss photosensitivity reactions, the most commonly reported photosensitizing agents, and treatment and prevention measures for the condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-191
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2013

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Radiation
Drug Eruptions
Tetracyclines
Photosensitizing Agents
Sunlight
Sulfonamides
Skin Neoplasms
Diuretics
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Antipsychotic Agents
Counseling
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Skin
Incidence
phenothiazine

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Drug-Induced Photosensitivity and the Major Culprits. / White, Nicole D.; Lenz, Thomas L.

In: American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, Vol. 7, No. 3, 05.2013, p. 189-191.

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