Medications can affect a motorist’s ability to drive safely. This includes both prescription and products sold over the counter without a doctor’s prescription. The more medications a driver takes, the greater the chance that their driving will be affected.
Medications come with warnings about possible side effects, yet many people ignore the warnings. Side effects can include sleepiness, blurred vision, or fainting. Products that could affect a driver include: prescription drugs for anxiety, some antidepressants, some cold remedies and allergy products, sleeping pills, and pain relievers.
- National Transportation Safety Board
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Caution: Some Over-the-Counter Medicines May Affect Your Driving
- Ensuring Safe Use of Medicine
- FDA Basics Webinar June 30, 2014: Over-The-Counter Medicines and Driving