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Which medicines can cause photophobia?

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  • Antibiotics, such as doxycycline and tetracycline.
  • Furosemide (Lasix): This keeps your body from holding on to too much fluid. It's used to treat congestive heart failure, liver disease, kidney disease, and other conditions.
  • Quinine (Qualaquin): This is a drug used to treat malaria.

From: What Is Photophobia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Photophobia: Looking for Causes and Solutions."

American Migraine Foundation: "Photophobia -- What is It? Can It Be Treated?"

Eye Care Trust: "Photophobia."

Mayo Clinic: "Slit lamp examination."

Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology : "Shedding Light on Photophobia."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Photophobia: Looking for Causes and Solutions."

American Migraine Foundation: "Photophobia -- What is It? Can It Be Treated?"

Eye Care Trust: "Photophobia."

Mayo Clinic: "Slit lamp examination."

Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology : "Shedding Light on Photophobia."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2019

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