Patients, and Their Meds, Need to Keep Cool
By Kristina Fiore July 6 355 1
With heavy heat suffocating much of the country, physicians aren't just warning patients to keep themselves cool — they also want patients to prevent their medications from overheating.
Temperatures above 86 degrees Fahrenheit can render some medications useless, according to Robert Glatter, MD, an emergency medicine physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
"I've noticed an increase in the number of ED visits related to mental illness in the recent heatwave," Glatter told MedPage Today, noting that most complaints have been related to anxiety or mood swings.