Beware of medications that can impair your driving

Legal medication can impair judgment and motor skills.  A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study named a range of drugs (see below) which can potentially impair driving.  Past research on prescription drugs and driving has centered on narcotic medications.  Scientists have long believed that patients on stable long-term regimens of opioids develop a tolerance that allows them to drive safely.  But, recent studies have complicated this picture.

We also know that frequently more than one medicine (that can impair decision-making or fine motor skills needed to drive) are taken together.  Many medicines have what’s called a synergistic effect.  This is like one plus one equals three.  One medicine plus another one amplifies the impaired symptoms.

Drug class: possible side effects

  • Anti-diabetic medicines:  Low blood sugar
  • Anti-spasm:  Blurred vision
  • Narcotic painkiller:  Tiredness/sedation
  • Anti- high blood pressure:  Low blood pressure/foggy thinking
  • Sedatives/hypnotics:  Impaired reflexes
  • Antidepressant:  Sedation/dizziness
  • Anti-allergy: Sedation/dizziness
  • Heartbeat regulator:  Fainting
  • Anti-convulsant:  Dizziness/sedation/instability
  • Skeletal muscle relaxant:  Dizziness/sedation

flickr.com/photos/ alabadrock/ 444496369Consider the possible result of your actions—for yourself and everyone else on the road.

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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