Tips to keep your medication safe in the heat

Tips to keep your medication safe in the heat
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It's a great time to get out and enjoy the great days of summer. But for those taking medications, the sun can actually affect the way your body reacts.

One of the main medications that can have an effect if you are out in the heat is antibiotics.

"Once it's in your body, you become more photo sensitive. You can get extreme sunburns,"said Dr. William Kanick with Roper Saint Francis.

Dr. Kanick says common over the counter medications like Motrin and Beady can also make you more sensitive to the sun's rays.

Medications used for high blood pressure can make you more prone to dehydration while out in the heat.

"We see a lot of patients with a lot of heat related illness and we do see patients with photo sensitive reactions and we have to switch them to different medications,"Dr. Kanick said.

Taking certain medications makes it even more important to wear sunscreen with at least an SP of 30 and wear light colored clothing with sleeves and stay hydrated.

Dr. Kanick says it's key to remember to never leave medication in a hot place. The heat from the sun can actually change the nature of the medicine making it less effective.

"Insulin is pretty sensitive to light but all medications in general should be kept in a cool dark place and not left out in the sunshine," Dr. Kanick said.

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