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How to keep medications protected in a heat wave

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Posted at 4:52 PM, Jul 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-25 19:52:46-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The recent heat wave sweeping through San Diego County brings up many questions, one of which is how to keep medications cool when temperatures are soaring.

Pharmacists say keeping medications in an environment above 86 degrees can affect the potency of medication, making them less effective.

Though it’s important to keep medications in a fairly cool, dry place, pharmacists warn against placing medications in the refrigerator.

Experts say this could lead to humidity affective potency. For this reason, health care providers also warn against keeping medication in your bathroom cabinets due to humidity from the shower.

To keep medications cool experts say keep them away from direct sunlight and don’t leave them in the car.

If you think your medications may have been exposed to the heat and humidity, pharmacists say you should check to make sure pills haven’t changed shape and aren’t sticking together and make sure liquids maintain their consistency. Pharmacists urge people who are unsure to speak with them.