Health Tip: Some Medications Can Help Trigger Heat-Related Illness

-- Heat exhaustion and heatstroke occur when the body becomes overheated and can't cool itself back down.

Some medications may increase your risk of heat-related illness. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this list:

  • Antihistamines to prevent allergy symptoms.
  • Some medications to manage cough and cold symptoms.
  • Some heart and blood pressure medications.
  • Amphetamine diet pills.
  • Irritable bowel and irritable bladder medicines.
  • Laxatives.
  • Water pills.
  • Thyroid medications.
  • Anti-seizure medications.
  • Some medications used to manage mental health conditions.

Posted: June 2009


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