In the summer months, it is important to be aware of how your medication interacts with hot temperatures. The heat can interact with many psychiatric and antipsychotic medications that impact a part of the brain called the hypothalamus. Psychiatric medication and heat tolerance can be an issue with common drugs like SSRIs, SNRIs, TCAs and ACDs. Although psychiatric medications are incredibly helpful with treating mental health conditions, they can also impact our ability to regulate temperature. This can lead to an increased risk for heat-related medical symptoms for both adults and children.
1 in 6 Americans are at risk for heat intolerance, but being aware of this risk is the first line of defense in preventing further complications with heat intolerance. Reaching out to your psychiatrist and team of mental health professionals and expressing concern can be a great way to open up a conversation about how to avoid heat-related symptoms, maintain a healthy body temperature and use your medication responsibly.
Heat-related health complications can be serious and can lead to further health issues when left untreated or when ignored. When dealing with heat intolerance, try these helpful tips to prioritize your wellness:
- Understand how your medications work and what the major side effects are. Ask your psychiatrist or a mental health professional if you are taking a medication that may lead to Antidepressant-Induced Excessive Sweating and any questions about how your medication impacts you.
- Drink lots of water to hydrate yourself and replenish your electrolytes. Dehydration and heat stroke can be dangerous, and hydration helps prevent these conditions.
- Stay cool by remaining indoors during peak heat hours, wearing protective and cool clothing, and taking advantage of air conditioning if you have access to it.
- Know the signs of heat exhaustion: nausea, dizziness, vomiting, fainting, headache, ect. (keep in mind that these symptoms will present differently in each individual who experiences them)
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