Medicines That Increase the Chance for a Heat-Related Illness
Many medicines change how well your body can stay
cool. They include:
Some blood pressure medicines.
Some sedative medicines.
Alcohol and illegal drugs such as methamphetamines,
amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, PCP (phencyclidine hydrochloride), and LSD
(lysergic acid diethylamide) can also cause problems. They affect how well you can sense dehydration or
heat-related symptoms. They also make you less able to judge whether
you need treatment for a heat-related illness.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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