It's been a long hot summer. The extreme heat not only taking its toll on people, but also on the medicines we take. In under an hour the medicine in a bottle can change if it's exposed to extreme temperatures.
It's happened all summer long and it could happen into the weekend. Think about it. Maybe your medicine sits in in mailbox if it's delivered to your house, or perhaps inside a hot car..
The heat can dramatically change the drug's active ingredients, making them less effective and potentially putting you at risk. Sometimes the effects of the heat are obvious but sometimes they are not.
While the heat can affect all drugs.Hormones replacements and birth control, inhalers and insulin are particularly sensitive to extreme temperatures. Ideally medicine should be stored between 56 and 85 degrees.
It is hotter than that outside right now and much, much hotter inside a mailbox or closed car. Which is why pharmacists recommend keeping all medicine in a dry, cool area, which is usually not your medicine cabinet--perhaps a kitchen cabinet or drawer is the best bet year round.