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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