High temperatures hurt medications


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This summer’s high temperatures have had far-reaching affects – including weakening some medications.

Medications such as nitroglycerin and insulin lose their effectiveness when exposed to temperatures above room temperature. This won’t cause them to become dangerous, but it will make them less potent.

Additionally, some medications can make it more difficult for patients to handle the heat. Some antihistamines lower people’s ability to sweat, and some diuretics cause an increase in urination. Both of these side effects can lead to dehydration when coupled with high temperatures.

Read more from the Tucson Citizen here.

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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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