Photosensitivity and Photosensitizing Agents
Laser & Light Based Skin Procedures
written for Dermascope Magazine
December 2007, G.T. Absten
* Four Hundred drugs are known to cause photosensitive and photo-allergic reactions. It can be caused by commonly used drugs such as certain antibiotics, birth control pills, diuretics, antihistamines, anti-depressants and many retinoids (such as Vitamin A acid). Click the link above for a more extensive listing of photosensitizers, but commonly prescribed drugs that cause photosensitivity include:

NSAID's Chemotherapy Agents Immunosuppressive Agents ACE inhibitors
Statins Quinilones Hydrochlorothiazide Interferon
Sulfa Drugs Calcium Channel Blockers Birth Control Pills Antiarrythmic Agents
SSRI's Premarin Anti-Depressants Retin A®

* Thanks to Fallene Ltd for allowing us to share a major list of photosensitizing drugs which they compiled from the Physicians Desk Reference Companion Guide.