Heat Sensitivity & Psych Meds


Antipsychotic medications, like olanzapine (see this list) can impair your body’s ability to regulate heat. For this reason, you need to take extra precautions during the hot summer months.

Wake up Earlier

I generally go to bed early so that I can wake up before the day heats up. I need about nine hours of sleep so I try to plan accordingly. I do try to enjoy evenings, but sometimes the heat persists until late in the evening. Mornings are almost always going to be cooler.

I usually get all of my outdoor chores or exercise (hiking) done early in the morning.

Don’t Take Chances

On Saturday, my daughter was working, and I walked 3.5 miles to the automotive shop to pick up my vehicle. It was eighty-six degrees, and I was certain that I would be fine. I wore a hat and light clothing. Only, by the time I arrived, I was dizzy and nauseated. I shouldn’t have taken the risk; I could have waited another night.


Try changing your schedule to accommodate the seasons in order to avoid heat sensitivity. Also, avoid unnecessary exposure to heat, and make sure you do not become dehydrated.

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