Health Tip of the Week, sponsored by Baton Rouge General: These meds can make you overheat quicker

Living in south Louisiana, it’s hard to imagine the heat being any worse than it is, but if you’re on certain medications, the heat and humidity can make you more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. The part of the brain called the hypothalamus directs the body to keep a stable core temperature, regulate sweating, which is the body’s main way of cooling down, and dilate blood vessels in the skin, arms, feet and face to alleviate body heat. Some groups of medications can impact your ability to sweat or circulate blood effectively, which impacts your body’s ability to self-regulate its temperature. These include antidepressants, antipsychotics, beta blockers and diuretics, among others. Learn more about meds that can make you overheat.