Friday, July 6, 2012

Keep Medications Cool

During the hot summer months, physicians not only warn their patients to stay cool, but also stress the importance of preventing their medications from overheating.

As temperatures go higher than 86 degrees Fahrenheit, it can make many medications useless, as it can affect the bioavailability of the active ingredients in the drugs.

According to MedPage Today, many physicians are seeing an increase in the number of patient visits relating to mental illnesses where mood swings and anxiety are reported. These problems could be from improper storage of medications.

According to the U.S. Pharmacopeia, a medication standards agency, drugs should be stored at room temperature (68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit), unless noted otherwise. The agency states that if drugs are stored below or above that, they may not work the way they are supposed to.  

Snyder and Wenner, P.C.

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