Patient Comments: Sun-Sensitive Drugs - Symptoms


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Comment from: Krissnz, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 15

I had a reaction to Plaquenil - burning cheeks and sharp stabbing pains in the eyes and eye socket area, relieved upon ceasing the drug. Two years later I have developed a more serious allergy and have yet to determine which drugs are contributing or whether it is a manifestation of my lupus condition. Symptoms are burning stinging eyes, cheeks that feel radiated, headaches around the eyes and top of head and nausea. I can get symptoms after several minutes outside despite hats, coverup clothing and SPF 50 sunscreen.

Comment from: Lou Bif, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I guess I became sensitive to the sun when I was 14, got a bad case of sun poisoning and since then I never lie out and avoid the sun at all costs. These days I wear long sleeves, pants and a hat, and I run to the shade! The sun feels like a lit match on my skin, it really hurts! I do get itchy and flakey skin! I hate to always complain, people don't believe me and I get aggravated all the time! Also I hate the sun on my face, makes me very irritable! I wonder if there are any vitamins for this condition.

Comment from: misery, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

I was taking doxycycline 200 mg twice a day for 3 weeks for Lyme disease. And now even if I'm out for 5 minutes my face feels like someone poured boiling oil on me. I slather my face and exposed skin with sunblock, wear long pants and shirt, and my legs get an intense rash that itches. I now know that it was my medicines that caused this photosensitivity but I wish I knew how long it takes for these medicines to leave my body or if this rash is a lifelong road of agony.

Comment from: Kathy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

For the past 6 months I've had a pruritic persistent localized rash on my forearms. My dermatologist said it's a drug induced photosensitivity likely caused by an NSAID, a past exposure to atorvastatin, or an OTC estriol cream. The reaction can continue even after stopping the drugs.

Comment from: robertdi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I am posting this to warn other people to be very careful. I was taking tetracycline for rosacea but now I see that I was also taking some other drugs that would cause this including hydrochlorothiazide, Nexium and antihistamines. I started waking up having a swollen face a few days ago and now I have very painful, itching and burning flakey skin on my entire face and going into my neck. If I knew this pain was a possibility I would have absolutely been much more careful. I was careful about wearing sunscreen but I was in the sun golfing without a full-brim hat. I was on vacation but was miserable about my skin burning, itching and redness.

Comment from: Julie Spini, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

Indocin should be taken as soon as you get a sunburn. It will help you to eliminate the pain, redness, and swelling. You cannot buy Indocin without your doctor's prescription. So you need to consult with a certified surgeon. Cold creams and moisturizers will help decrease the discomfort associated with sunburn. Vitamin C cream should be applied to the skin to decrease the severity of a sunburn.

Comment from: margot, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I have taken 12.5 mg of hydrochlorothiazide for 4 years. This past year for several times my face will get swollen, red, itchy, burn and it seems to have happened when I am outside and especially driving in the car (we do not have tinted windows). After 4 or 5 days the swelling and redness goes down and my face and throat area get scaly and tight. The doctor finally told me to stop taking hydrochlorothiazide and I find I still have those symptoms although not as severe. It was interesting to me to read on this website that this can occur even after the hydrochlorothiazide should be out of my system. I hope it stops soon. I took my picture at a time of one of my episodes. I wish I could post it for you to see. My brother-in-law also was on hydrochlorothiazide for a while. He was barefoot in the sand and his feet swelled up and got red and itchy. The pharmacist told him to stop taking it.


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