Heat can damage pills

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In heat one should not only warn the patients to keep themselves cool but also to prevent their drugs 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.

US Pharmacopeia, a medication standards agency, states that drugs generally should be stored at room temperature — between 68 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit — with only brief excursions to temps as low as 59 degrees or as high as 86 degrees.

Some drugs increase dehydration or interfere with the body’s own cooling mechanisms.

Also, one should not keep the ECG, MT thermal paper as heat may destroy the tracings.