CHESAPEAKE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The heat wave places like Ohio experienced much of last week affected everyone, especially those who are on medication.
Doctors say the heat can be harmful to patients on medications, especially for their heart. But it's also detrimental for cancer patients and diabetics.
When you’re outside in the heat, your body automatically begins a cooling process, but some medications can actually disrupt that cooling process and make you more susceptible to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Mike Grady is an avid golfer. Thanks to new medications, he has to be careful about being out in the sun too long.
“It’s relatively new to me to have to take those considerations,” Grady said. “But if I don't watch it, I could suffer heat stroke.”
But health officials say it’s not just mixing the heat with taking medication that can be harmful. Leaving medications in hot and humid places like your car and even your medicine cabinet in your bathroom can damage the prescriptions.
Experts say the best temperature range for medicine is 68 to 77 degrees. Anything outside of that range could compromise the effectiveness of the medication.
Some examples of how to tell a medication has been compromised are discoloration of the capsules, for example white pills turning yellow. A strange odor, and the capsules losing form are also warning signs.
If you notice any of those issues with your medication, you should see your pharmacist about getting a refill.