Weather Alert

Medication and heat related illness

There is a significant heat risk for the Missouri Ozarks according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are again expected to climb into the 90’s with a heat index of more than 100. Hot weather can pose a risk for those working outdoors, especially if you take certain medications. Cox Health Nurse Practitioner Kendra McMillion said there are some medications that will impair the body’s ability to cool itself…

 

Anti-depressants and anti-psychotics have also been found to increase the risk of heat-related illness. Everyone is at risk when temperatures rise above 90 degrees, and the elderly and the very young are most susceptible to heat and heat-related illnesses. Heat-related illnesses can cause serious injury and even death if unattended. Key preventative measures including drinking plenty of water, and stay indoors whenever possible.

 


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