The 6 Medications You Should Never Take When Driving

It’s a given that safe driving needs concentration, alertness and an ability to react in a coordinated and timely fashion. But what may not occur to you is that the medications you’re taking can seriously impact all of these things. And it’s not just prescription medications, but over-the-counter products as well. “While laws differ from state to state, you can be charged with a DUI if caught driving hazardously while taking prescription or OTC meds, even if your doctor wrote you that prescription,” adds C. Michael White, Pharm.D., FCP, FCCP, Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Connecticut.   So what medications should you be concerned about? Read on to find out. Be particularly careful of these classes of drugs: 1. Pain relievers. The obvious culprits are opiates such as morphine and codeine, which cause sleepiness, dizziness, euphoria, and disorientation. However, there are a lot of OTC medications, such as ibuprofen, that do not cause drowsiness and dizziness but may reduce your pain for the first time in several days and indirectly cause you to relax, which can impair your coordination and reaction times. “When you are in pain, you expend a lot of energy trying to deal with it. When the pain drops off, so does your adrenalin and you feel exhausted. You feel so relieved that your judgment and coordination is off ,” says Tomaka, Norman P. Tomaka, BS Pharm, MS, FAPhA, spokesperson for the Ame...
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