By Emilie Ferreira
Even though the summer months are coming to a close, these 95-degree days are only bad news for seniors taking prescription medications. SYNERGY HomeCare of Wilmington advises you to pay close attention to yourself and your loved ones and take precautions to make sure you stay healthy for the rest of the summer.
According to this article on Healthy Living, seniors are at an increased risk for heat stroke and heat-related stress, and those taking certain prescriptions can be more susceptible to these injuries.
Some medications that you might need to keep a close eye on are antidepressants, beta-blockers, diuretics, and more. Antidepressants can interfere with your ability to sweat properly, causing you to overheat. Beta-blockers reduce the body’s natural ability to adapt to stress, which can increase risk of heat stroke. Diuretics can lead to fluid loss, which could cause dehydration.
It’s important to keep a watchful eye on loved ones taking prescriptions. Make sure you and your loved ones stay hydrated and cool for the rest of the summer.