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.
- Water pills.
- Thyroid medications.
- Anti-seizure medications.
- Some medications used to manage mental health conditions.
Soaring temperatures and high humidity can lead to heat-related ills, including heat stroke.
Some people are at greater risk, the U.S. National Safety Council says. They include:
- Babies and young children, the elderly, and pets.
- People who have a chronic illness, including heart problems and circulatory conditions.
- People who must work outdoors in the sun.
- Athletes who practice or play outdoors, or people who are just starting an outdoor exercise program.
- People who abuse drugs and alcohol.
- Anyone taking medications that affect sweat production.