What is Sunscreen?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most popular types: Coppertone Sport Lotion SPF 30 Coppertone WaterBabies SPF 100 Lotion Uvistat sunscreen Show all


Sunblock (also commonly known as sun screen, sun tan lotion, sun cream or block out) is a lotion, spray, gel or other topical preparation that protects from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation on the skin exposed to sunlight and thus helps protect against sunburn.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Skin sensitivity to sun (photosensitivity) 2 2
Chronic idiopathic back pain 1 1
Light sensitivity (photophobia) 1 0
Systemic lupus erythematosus 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sunscreen

Side effect Patients Percentage


Based on patients currently taking Sunscreen

Dosage Patients Percentage
1 tbs. daily 1


Currently taking Sunscreen

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1
Usually 0
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 0
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Sunscreen.