Sunscreen Agents (Topical)
Before Using This Product
If you are using this medicine without a prescription, carefully read and
follow any precautions on the label. For sunscreen agents, the following should
Allergies - Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or
allergic reaction to any of the sunscreen agents. Also tell your health care
professional if you are allergic to artificial sweeteners (e.g., saccharin
[Sweet and Low]); anesthetics (e.g., benzocaine [Americaine], procaine [Novocaine],
tetracaine [Pontocaine]); oral antidiabetics (diabetes medicine you take by
mouth); hair dyes containing aniline or paraphenylenediamine; sulfa medicines;
thiazide diuretics (a certain type of water pill); cinnamon derivatives used
in flavorings, medicines, perfumes, or toothpastes; or to any other substances,
such as foods or preservatives.
Pregnancy - Studies on effects in pregnancy have not been done
in either humans or animals.
Breast-feeding - Sunscreen agents have not been reported to cause
problems in nursing babies.
Children - Infants under 6 months of age should be kept out
of the sun. Sunscreen agents should not be used on infants under 6 months
of age because of increased chance of side effects. Children 6 months of age
and older should be kept out of the sun or have limited exposure to the sun.
Sunscreen agents with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 should
be applied during exposure to the sun. Lotion sunscreen products are preferred
for use in children. Alcohol-based sunscreen products should be avoided because
they can cause irritation.
Older adults - It is believed that the elderly, who spend little
time in the sun and use sunscreen agents frequently, may be at risk for vitamin
D deficiency (which may result in bone disease and fracture), although this
has not been proven. To help you get enough vitamin D, it is recommended that
you eat food rich in vitamin D, such as fortified milk or fatty fish. Your
doctor may also advise you to take vitamin D supplements. Check with your
doctor about this.
Other medicines - Although certain medicines and products should
not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines or products
may be used together even if an interaction may occur. In these cases, your
doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary.
Tell your health care professional if you are using any prescription or nonprescription
(over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine or other product that is to be applied to
the same area of the skin.
Other medical problems - The presence of other medical
problems may affect the use of sunscreen agents. Make sure you tell your health
care professional if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Skin conditions or diseases, especially those caused or worsened
by exposure to light - Worsening of skin condition may occur