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What are sun-sensitizing drugs?

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Sun-sensitizing drugs are drugs that have side effects when people taking them are exposed to the sun. Some reactions are caused by exposure to the sun's UVB or "short" waves, but most are caused by UVA or "long" wave exposure.

From: Sun-Sensitizing Drugs WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: FDA. Emedicine: "Drug-Induced Photosensitivity." Medicinenet.com: "Sunburn and Sun Sensitizing Drugs."


Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on March 14, 2019

SOURCES: FDA. Emedicine: "Drug-Induced Photosensitivity." Medicinenet.com: "Sunburn and Sun Sensitizing Drugs."


Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on March 14, 2019

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