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Physicians and pharmacists often advise patients to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight while taking certain medications without telling them why.

Those patients that do not heed this warning may later find a red itchy rash or sunburn in areas left unprotected from sunlight or the light emitted by tanning beds.

Medications that react with the skin in this manner are termed photosensitizers.

Examples include tetracycline and its derivatives, fluorquinolone antibiotics (such as Cipro), sulfa-containing drugs (such as Bactrim) and the cardiac medication amiodarone (which is sold under the brand name Cordarone).

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The Importance of the Compass Contraindications App

This app is created by a passionate Skin Therapist for Skin Therapists, Massage Practitioners or anyone dealing with holistic and/or cosmetic procedures.

With the bombardment of information from various sources, it is easy to get lost and confused on the topics of skin-related diseases, disorders and conditions that may or may not affect or prevent a treatment. To be a therapist usually means working in solitude, taking risks and sometimes making important decisions all by yourself. Most of the time, there is no-one to ask for a second opinion. How many times have each of us ended up putting on a brave face of a person who knows what to do, whilst “biting our lip” and hoping for the best.

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