-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SATURDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Medications can be harmed
by high temperatures, say pharmacists.
Although just a handful of drugs have been tested at
temperatures above 86F, all medications could be altered by extreme
heat, they warn.
According to Dr. Amy Peak, clinical pharmacist and director of
Drug Information Services at Butler University, several medications
have been tested at high temperatures. She outlined some of the
changes the researchers found:
Peak says several more medications may be susceptible to
excessive heat, including:
Although the United States Pharmacopeia Convention Inc.
recommends that medications be protected from excessive heat, only
a few drugs are actually tested at temperatures above 86F, Peak
Nevertheless, she noted there are a number of steps people can
take to ensure the quality of their medications during heat waves,
The National Institutes of Health provides more information on
storing medicine safely.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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