Medicines are meant to help you stay healthy when you’re feeling good and get better when you’re feeling bad. But as we all know, meds can have side effects, and one of the most common medical side effects is drowsiness. Drowsiness can reduce your ability to drive effectively, leading to an increased risk of accidents.
There are many medications out there that can impair a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle, so we’ve gathered a list of a few of the most common types. Take care to plan ahead when using any of the medications mentioned in this post.
Types of Medications that Impair Driving
A variety of over the counter (OTC) medications are generally known to impair driving ability. Three types in particular can cause significant impairment:
These medicines are generally used to treat allergies, but they’re also sold in some cough medications and occasional sleep aids. They’ve been known to cause drowsiness and impair driving. Benadryl is one of the more common medications that includes an antihistamine.
These medications are meant to relieve the effects of diarrhea and are known to cause drowsiness that affects driving. One of the more common antidiarrheals is Imodium.
These are medicines that treat nausea, but they are known to cause drowsiness as well. One of the most common anti-emetics is Dramamine.
Just because an OTC medication is not on this list shouldn’t be taken to mean it’s completely fine to use when driving. Be sure to check the “When using this product” section on the label of any medicine you may take to treat your symptoms. Prescription medicines can also cause serious driving impairment, so be sure to talk to your doctor about the potential effects of any prescriptions you receive.
Avoiding Impaired Driving
Safe driving practices will help ensure that you don’t run into any trouble with your medication. The main thing is to plan your trips well. If you know you’re taking a medication that will probably leave you feeling drowsy, make sure a friend or loved one is available to get you where you need to go.
Some medications have strong effects on driving ability when taken on an empty stomach. If you’re taking one of those medications, make sure to eat before taking them, or at least make sure you eat before driving.
In other words, make sure you use common sense and remember to plan ahead when using any medications that have the potential to affect your mental state. None of this advice is complicated, and neither is avoiding impaired driving.
What to do if you’ve been injured in an accident
If you or a loved one is injured in an auto accident, you should first seek medical attention. You should also make sure you contact authorities. If your injuries were the result of neglect by another party, you should seek legal assistance. The Stoddard Firm has years of experience handling accident injuries, and we even offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. Call us at 678-RESULTS.