Getting sunburned more easily than before...

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   Posted 7/24/2005 1:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking an AD for a couple of months and in actually being able to get out the house more and enjoy the outdoors, I'm noticing that it doesn't take me too long to get sunburned than before I was on the AD.  Is it possible that my skin is reacting more readily to the sun because of taking the AD? I use to be out in the sun playing various sports before and haven't been sunburned as much as I've been the last couple of times I've been out in the sun.  I do use sunblock w/at least SPF30 and reapply when needed.
I've been taking Cymbalta and I haven't asked this question to my psych yet; I'm just curious to see if other people have had similar experiences or whatnot.
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   Posted 7/24/2005 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Some AD do make you get sunburned more easily. I just read an article about it and the AD you take is on that list. I know with some of the meds I take I have to be more careful in the sun and heat.

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   Posted 7/24/2005 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes Mawie,

Lots of meds cause sun sensativity. Thanks Laura, for looking up cymbalta!!

You are doing the right thing using a good sunblock. Consider long sleeves and a hat as well as avoiding the worst sun of the day (between 11 am and 3 pm). Also, drinking lots of water may help a little.

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   Posted 7/26/2005 1:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info Laura.

I guess I'll just have to be more careful when I'm out in the sun.... :o(

And as much as I want to avoid being sunburned, I don't see myself wearing long sleeves on a hot day... hehe, but I'll definitely will wear a hat of some kind Rosie! :o) Thanks for the suggestions.

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   Posted 8/3/2005 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Some antidepressants - particularly St John's Wort - can cause photosensitivity. This is where cells in the skin become permanently hypersensitive to sunlight, and a severe reaction follows. It is not only permanent but can be very severe, so I'd suggest you be very careful and seek medical advice on exactly how to recognise and avoid developing problems. (On a positive note, I gather some people only ever have very minor problems, if any.) 

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   Posted 8/5/2005 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was taking Nortriptyline I noticed a warning on the bottled warning users that they should not be exposed to direct sun light for extended periods of time. Regardless of what med I was on they all caused light sensitivity in my eyes. Hope this helps.
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