Jennifer Annett
Coolibar, Inc.


Drug Side Effects Survey of America's Leading Dermatologists Reveals
Top Three Drug Types that Increase Sun Sensitivity

MINNEAPOLIS July 24, 2006 -- Have you ever been surprised by a sudden sunburn? Many people experience unexpected sun sensitivity because they are unaware that certain prescription drugs can make them more sun-sensitive. Sun protective clothing manufacturer Coolibar conducted a survey among the nation's leading dermatologists to determine their most frequently cited drugs that cause sun sensitivity. In order, the top three categories are:

1. Antibiotics such as Doxycycline and Tetracycline, which are commonly used to treat infections and control acne.
2. Diuretics such as Hydrochlorothiazide, which are used to treat the buildup of excess fluid in the body that occurs with some medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, liver disease, and kidney disease. Some diuretics are also prescribed to treat high blood pressure.
3. Retinoids such as Tretinoin and Isotretinoin, which are used to decrease oil production and treat severe acne that has not responded to other treatments.

Doxycycline side effects and Tetracycline side effects were the most frequently identified side effects in the survey. The survey, conducted at the 2005 American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Annual Meeting, questioned 476 members of the AAD who represent 43 different states. Most of these dermatologists reported seeing between 75 and 200 patients with sun-related health problems each week, while an overwhelming 79 percent reported that sun-related health problems were increasing in their practice.

About Coolibar
Coolibar was founded in 2001 to bring Australia's world-leading approaches to sun protection to the American market. The company has extensively redesigned Australian sun protective clothing styles to meet the tastes and needs of fashion- and health-conscious Americans.

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