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A case report of photodermatoses induced by the antifungal drug terbinafine


Terbinafine is an antifungaldrug(inhibitor of ergosterol synthesis) known to induce skin reactions. A 58-year-old female was treated with terbinafine for onychomycosis. On the fifth day of treatment a skin rash emerged on her sun-exposed areas. Biological testing did not find any allergic signs. Other skin reactions are well known with terbinafine, but we depict here, a case of photosensitisation induced by treatment, generally unknown for this antifungal. This side effect can be prevented by medication reconciliation and pharmaceutical advice from the clinical pharmacist.

  • terbinafine
  • drug-induced photosensitivity
  • clinical pharmacist
  • medication reconciliation
  • pharmaceutical advice
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