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medications hot weather

Medications v Hot Weather
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Pay attention to these medications during the hot season.

The Autonomous Centre for Pharmacovigilance and Therapeutic Information of the Canary Islands has published an extraordinary bulletin to inform about the behaviour of medicines in hot Weather, with special attention to their conservation and the precautionary measures to be taken to avoid complications in the most vulnerable population.

The medications to monitor are diuretics, laxatives, antacids, antibiotics and antihypertensives that in extreme temperatures can cause health problems such as dehydration, diarrhea and kidney disorders. In addition, they attract attention in the case of neuroleptics, antidepressants, beta-blockers and benzodiazepines, which prevent heat loss or decrease the ability to defend against heat.

Among the precautions is not to consume the medicine if its external appearance is altered and always follow the storage instructions, either in a refrigerator or at room temperature to ensure its safe transport.

The vulnerable population is the one at greatest risk of dehydration due to heat, such as the elderly, newborns, the chronically ill and dependent patients.

The Autonomous Centre for Pharmacovigilance and Therapeutic Information of the Canary Islands has the qualified technical support of the public company Management of Services for Health and Safety in the Canary Islands (GSC), depends organically on the direction of the Canary Islands Health Service and performs its functions in the University Hospital of the Canary Islands (Clinical Pharmacology Service).

These professionals take advantage of the arrival of high temperatures to inform the population about the safety of medicines in summer, with recommendations ranging from the importance of proper conservation, to indicate the pharmaceutical forms especially sensitive to high temperatures and the most frequent problems associated with medicines that can worsen or favor heat stroke.

The mission of the center is to evaluate the safety of marketed medicines and transmit information on adverse drug reactions generated in the Autonomous Community to the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products.

For their work, the participation of health professionals and patients in general is necessary, who must report suspected adverse reactions to medications and call 1-1-2 if the situation is serious in order to be treated by the Canary Islands Emergency Service.

For more information, you can consult the bulletin at the following link https://www.farmacovigilanciacanarias.or...-de-calor/
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