Heatwave: Beware, some medications should be avoided during hot weather

Heatwave: Beware, some medications should be avoided during hot weather

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If you are taking any medications listed by UFC Que Choisir, do not hesitate to discuss this with your doctor.

France is experiencing a new heatwave episode with many departments on orange alert. If the French are unfortunately used to this by now and know the right things to do, not everyone necessarily thinks about taking a closer look at the drugs they take.

UFC Que Choisir draws up a list of remedies that can cause dehydration. The association classifies them into different categories based on their effects on the organism.

Increased loss of water and mineral salts

According to UFC Que Choisir, different types of drugs cause the loss of water and minerals, which can lead to dehydration. These are diuretics, which increase urine production (Amiloride, Bumetanide, Furosemide, etc.). In addition, laxatives and antibiotics should also be monitored as they expose to diarrhea (bisacodyl, lactulose, amoxicillin, azithromycin, etc.).

Impaired renal function

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, ACE inhibitors, and sartans administered for hypertension should also be avoided. Among these, UFC Que Choisir notes, for example, the acetylsalicylic acid present in Aspirin, but also the various Ibuprofen.

Exposure to hyperthermia

Thyroid hormones such as Levothyrox or Cynomel can expose patients to hyperthermia. The same applies to neuroleptics prescribed in psychiatry (Aripiprazole, Clozapine, Ciamemazine, etc.), as well as antidepressants.

Increased sweating

Finally, UFC Que Choisir identifies a final category of drugs, which are prescribed in the case of dementia and myasthenia gravis, which should be avoided during heat waves as they increase sweating. (Mytelase, Aricept, Ebixa, etc.).

You can find the details of these drugs on the Que Choisir website, however the association specifies that this list is not exhaustive.

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