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Medications and the Sun: A Complicated Mix

06/18/2014

Now that the warm weather is upon us, we'll be spending more time outdoors enjoying the warm weather and sunshine. Before you venture out to the beach, pool or a family barbecue, it's important to be aware of the impact any medications you are taking will have on your skin when exposed to extended periods of sun's ultraviolet rays.

Sun-sensitizing drugs (also called phototoxic) have the potential to cause reactions or aggravate existing skin conditions such as eczema. While sunscreen may help, it is important to be aware of the potential interactions. Some common drugs that may be phototoxic include antibiotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen, cholesterol-lowering drugs, and some anti-depressants.

To ensure your safety this summer, talk to your pharmacist about the prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking. Pharmacists at Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacies at Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, Livingston; Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville; Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City; Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch; and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark are also available to answer any questions you may have. To speak to a pharmacist at any of these locations, call:

  • Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center: 973-322-7315
  • Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Clara Maass Medical Center: 973-450-2581
  • Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Jersey City Medical Center: 201-915-2166
  • Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Monmouth Medical Center: 732-923-6111
  • Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center: 973-926-7422
  • Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Saint Barnabas Medical Center: 973-322-2445

For more information about the Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacies, visit barnabashealth.org/retailpharmacies.

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