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There are many types of medication that may increase risk of heat-related illness. Common types are:

  • Psychiatric drugs
  • Antiparkinson drugs
  • Antidepressants
  • Antihistamines
  • Over-the-counter sleeping pills
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Some diuretics

If you are taking any medication regularly, ask your doctor or pharmacist if you need to be extra careful during hot weather.


Alcohol, cola and coffee promote dehydration. Reduce your intake during hot weather.

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