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Resources >> Travel Cheat Sheet of the Month: How to Keep Your Medications Safe in the Heat
Picture this: you’re visiting friends at their lake house when your allergies start acting up. You pop an over-the-counter pill — which usually gives you quick relief — but you still feel uncomfortable. In fact, after several more doses, the drug still has no effect. What gives? Think long and hard where your medication was stored. Was it in your car’s trunk or the airplane’s cargo hold, both of which can get extremely hot? How about before that? Was it in the humid medicine cabinet in your bathroom?
Perhaps this comes as a surprise to you (and if not, let this serve as a reminder!): Heat can have a negative effect on both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. In fact, many experts say that storing drugs in temperatures higher than 86 degrees can not only have a significant effect on their potency, but can even threaten your health. With the hectic nature of travel, it can be easy to forget to keep your medications at a safe temperature – even if it’s just while you’re waiting for a taxi or storing your luggage in a hot car trunk while you’re in meetings. To make sure your medicines stay safe, here’s some expert advice on properly storing them in warmer temperatures:
And don’t forget: if you’re traveling and think your medications were compromised by extreme heat, give us a call and we’ll give you a hand. Good Sam TravelAssist Members can utilize our 24/7 prescription assistance services any time they travel more than 50 miles from home.