High temperatures are heating things up across the country, and could be affecting more than your electric bill. Storing medications in your purse, car, or home without air conditioning could change their effectiveness when the temperature rises. Most medications are supposed to be stored at room temperature, and the heat could change the chemical makeup of drugs. Nitroglycerin for heart ailments and insulin for diabetes are particularly susceptible. Pharmacists also say mail-order medications left outside for long periods of time could be impacted. Some drugs may also make the extreme heat more dangerous for patients. Antihistamines can reduce your ability to sweat, and some antibiotics increase the risk for sunburn.
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