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Doxycycline - Can you take this medication and go outside I'm the sun?

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Stephen Treloar 14 Jun 2017

It is known to cause photosensitivity, taken from

"Information for Patients
Avoid excessive sunlight or artificial ultraviolet light while receiving doxycycline."

Basically you will burn more easily so break out the factor 30 sunscreen if you are going to be out for extended periods. :-)

DrDonovan 25 Jun 2017

Doxycycline can make some people much more sensitive to the sun. We say that medications causing a person to be more sensitive to sun are called "photosensitizing" medications.

Typically, an individual using doxycycline has the potential to burn alot easier when using doxycycline. Not every does of course, but one needs to be aware and take steps ahead of time to prevent burns. This includes staying out of the sun - especially during 10 am and 3 pm, and using hats, clothing and sunscreen if one does plan to be in the sun.

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