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Doctors warn to be extra careful with medication in extreme heat

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

It's no secret the heat we're experiencing can affect people in many ways, especially while taking prescription medication.

Pharmacists at Blessing Hospital say if you leave medicine exposed to the heat long enough, it can actually spoil and lose its potency, which means you won't get the same benefits.

Pharmacists Also say you need to limit your time in the heat, especially if you're taking blood pressure medication or diuretics.

"Your body has certain things it tries to do to cool yourself, like increase blood flow, sweat, things like that, and medications prevent that from happening, so you could put yourself at risk for a heat related injury much quicker if you have certain medications on board," said Eric Martin, a pharmacist at Blessing.

Martin also says if you're out in the heat, and you experience dizziness, headaches or nausea while taking your medication, that could be a sign you're having an adverse reaction, and you need to go see your doctor immediately.

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