Hot Drugs: Heat Can Affect Your Prescription Medication

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DALLAS -- Breaking news, it’s really hot outside! Ok well, maybe that’s not exactly shocking news. But did you know the Texas summer does more than turn a walk down the street into a shower of sweat? In fact, it can affect your prescription drugs.

“Some medicines are supposed to be certain temperatures and obviously this summer with 100-degree temperatures, those medicines might not work as well as the otherwise would have," said Dr. Ray Tsai, Chief Medical Officer at Children Health Center.

Certain medications, usually liquids like insulin, need to be stored at certain temperatures. If not, they become less effective.

Here is a common sense rule of thumb: don’t leave your drugs sitting in a hot car.

“It’s very important to remember if you’ve picked up your medicine at a pharmacy that you go directly home,” Tsai said.

Well, how about if you get your prescription online? Pills are usually heat resistant so no worries there. Other drugs that are susceptible to heat should be shipped in some sort of temperature control devices.

“There may be thermometers or ice packs that will tell you whether that medicine is still in the proper range,” Tsai explained.

So remember, If your drugs can’t beat the heat, well, just keep them out of the sun.