Tip of the week: Medications can increase the risks associated with heat or sun exposure.

Certain medications have negative side effects when combined with excessive heat or sun exposure. Be sure to do your research and read warning labels carefully whenever your loved one starts taking a new medication or the dosage changes. The best plan is always to talk to your loved one’s doctor or pharmacist about the risk factors of the specific medications she is taking.

Here are some general tips about common medications to keep in mind:

  • Selected brands of anti-psychotics, tranquilizers, antidepressants, and over-the-counter Medications and Sun Exposure sleeping pills can inhibit the body’s ability to regulate its temperature or inhibit perspiration.
  • Some topical medications and orally ingested drugs may increase sun sensitivity. Examples include medications used to treat arthritis, diabetes, eczema, and psoriasis.
  • Other medications, especially those used to treat depression, hypertension, heart disease, and Parkinson’s disease, may increase heat sensitivity.

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