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Be cautious before spending time in the sun when on certain medications

It seems like there is a pill for everything these days and with so many medications there is always a concern about drugs that don't mix well. (Source: Raycom Media) It seems like there is a pill for everything these days and with so many medications there is always a concern about drugs that don't mix well. (Source: Raycom Media)
MADISON, AL (WAFF) -

It seems like there is a pill for everything these days and with so many medications there is always a concern about drugs that don't mix well.

Now that it's summer, there is sun exposure to consider too.

The sun, the pools and all the great things that go with summer, but did you know if you combine certain medications and the sun, you could put yourself at a high risk for injury?

Dermatologist Dr. Angelo Mancuso said there are a lot of drugs which just don't mix well with the sun.

"We're looking at high blood pressure medicines of all types, you know not only for let's say getting rid of water, things like the hydrochlorothiazides, which work on the kidneys and other heart medications can also make us a little more sensitive," said Mancuso.

Mancuso said antibiotics can also be a problem.

"Things like doxycycline, which will always make you a little more sensitive," added Mancuso.

So how do you enjoy the pleasures of summer without jeopardizing your health?

"What I usually tell my patients is that if they're going to the beach they need to stop these medications at least two weeks before," said Mancuso. "And it also depends on your skin type. You know we have people that are very fair. We call that the type one. Type two, the blondes and the redheads, and not only are they more sensitive to the sun in general but now you're adding on a medication that's making you even more sun sensitive, so they end up with very bad sunburns. We call those photodermatitis"

The bottom line?  

If you spend a lot of time in the sun and you take medicine, it might be time to check with your doctor.

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