Extreme heat could leave medications useless

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — The extreme heat could leave certain medications useless.

Antibiotics, insulin and nitroglycerin, which treats heart diseases, should not be out in the extreme heat for too long. When exposed to the heat and humidity those medications can break down and become useless, according to pharmacists at SwedishAmerican Hospital.

Pharmacists say you should never leave your medicine in your car during the summer and you probably shouldn’t even keep them in your medicine cabinet.

“The medicine cabinet at home is usually in your bathroom which is again, another humid location,” Director of Pharmacy Tom Carey said.

The medication in Epi-pens can also break down when exposed to the intense heat for a long period of time.

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