Patient Resouces: Laser Hair Removal

Resource 1: What are some common sun-sensitizing drugs?

The use of photo-sensitive drugs during a laser treatment may increase the chance for hyperpigmentation, blistering, or burning of the dermis. Therefore, if you are using a photosensitive drug, it is important to disclose this information on your medical record and to the laser technician. A test spot of the area with the laser machine will help ensure your safety and cannot completely eliminate the chance for hyperpigmentation, blistering or burning.

List of Sun-Sensitive Drugs/PhotosensitivityDrugs:


  • Ciprofloxacin (Cipro, Cipro XR, Proquin XR)
  • Levofloxacin (Levaquin)]
  • Tetracycline (Achromycin)
  • Doxycycline (Vibramycin, Oracea, Adoxa, Atridox and others)
  • Sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim
  • Cotrimoxazole (Bactrim, Septra)
  • Sulfamethoxazole (Gantanol)]


  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

Malaria Medications

  • Quinine (Quinerva, Quinite, QM-260)
  • Chloroquine (Aralen)
  • Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)

Cancer Chemotherapy Drugs

  • 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU, Efudex, Carac, Fluoroplex)
  • Vinblastine (Velban, Velsar)
  • Dacarbazine (DTIC-Dome)

Cardiac Drugs

  • Amiodarone (Cordarone)
  • Nifedipine (Procardia)
  • Quinidine (Quinaglute, Quinidex)
  • Diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac)


Furosemide (Lasix)

  • Thiazides
  • Hydrochlorothiazide (Hydrodiuril)

Diabetic Drugs

  • Sulfonylureas
  • Chlorpropamide (Diabinese)
  • Glyburide (Micronase, DiaBeta, Glynase)]


  • Naproxen (Naprosyn, Naprelan, Anaprox, Aleve
  • Piroxicam (Feldene)

Skin Medications

  • Photodynamic therapy for skin cancer
  • ALA or 5-Aminolevulinic Acid (Levulan)
  • Methyl-5-Aminolevulinic Acid

Acne Medications

  • Isotretinoin (Accutane)
  • Acitretin (Soriatane)

Psychiatric Drugs

  • Phenothiazines
  • Chlorpromazine (Thorazine)]
  • Tricyclic Antidepressants
  • Desipramine (Norpramin)
  • Imipramine (Tofranil)
Resource 2: Can medicines cause sun sensitivity?
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