Sunday, 7 August 2011

Avoid the sun when taking certain medications

Avoid the sun when taking certain medications. Some medications like antibiotics, water pills, acne creams or heart medication can increase your sensitivity to the sun. Ask your pharmacist if any of the medications you are taking can increase your risk to the harmful effects of UV rays.
Children are at higher risk for sunburns because they are less likely to protect themselves. Make sure your children apply sunblock before they head outside to play. If your child is less than 6 months old, use hats, sunglasses and shade to protect them. Sunblocks with "baby formulas" can be used on small areas of a baby's skin, such as the face and hands.
Geremi Boom, BS, C.PhT, is a certified pharmacy technician at Flagstaff Pharmacy, a division of Flagstaff Medical Center

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