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Heat Precautions For Prescription Drugs

MEDFORD, Ore. — As temperatures heat up, medical officials say medications in your home call for extra attention.

Providence pharmacists say when prescription drugs are exposed to high temperatures, their potency and stability can quickly degrade. Most drugs are recommended to be stored at a controlled room temperature which is an average of 77 degrees.

Pharmacists also say if you have your medicine delivered, be aware of how it arrives. Some allow for short periods of higher temperatures for shipping purposes. Pharmacists advise to pay particular attention to any unusual symptoms that may suggest your medication isn’t working properly.

Providence says while your retail pharmacists cannot test the potency of your medicine, they can help in determining temperature recommendations.