July 23, 2012

Unrelenting Heat Can Wither Your Meds, Too


This has been a difficult summer for Aylssa McDermott. The Maplewood 12-year-old, who wears an insulin pump for diabetes, has landed in the emergency room three times after softball tournaments in which hot, humid air combined with her body heat to destroy her medication…At the Mayo Clinic emergency room in Rochester, Dr. Torrey Laack sees a lot of patients facing heat problems that have been brought on by their medicines. "There's a huge list of medications that impact the body's ability to deal with heat," he said. "They predispose people to heat-related medical problems. People taking those medications need to be aware of that."


Star Tribune by Jeff Strickler

Tags: Dr. Torrey Laack, heat, Mayo Clinic Rochester, medications, Pharmacology, Star Tribune

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