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August 23, 2011

WeatherWise: Extreme Temperature May Affect Your Medications

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How does extreme heat affect your prescription and over-the-counter health care products? According to Dr. McKennon in Mistakes in Storage May Alter Medication | NYTimes "during heat waves and cold spells, storage locations can go above or below those ranges, causing medicines to physically change, lose potency or even threaten your health."

Optimally, pharmaceutical manufacturers generally recommend you store your meds in room temps ranging from 68 to 77 degrees, but anywhere from 58 to 86 degrees should still be okay.

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