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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Lisfranc ligament injuries are not so common and often overlooked. If missed, they can cause long-term disability and pain. The treatment of these injuries are still controversial and very little is known about which types of injury can be treated without surgery. Successful surgical management of these injuries is predicated on anatomic reduction and stable fixation. Open reduction and internal fixation remains the standard treatment, although ligament reconstruction has emerged as a viable option for certain types of tarsometatarsal joint injuries. This paper describes the authors’ approach to treat Lisfranc’...
Source: Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Special Focus: Innovations in Foot and Ankle Sports Injury Treatment Source Type: research
Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries in foot and ankle, and the superior fascicle of the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) frequently is injured as a consequence. Patients with isolated rupture of ATFL’s superior fascicle can sustain a subtle ankle instability or ankle microinstability. Patients with symptomatic ankle microinstability may describe a subjective feeling of ankle instability, recurrent symptomatic ankle sprains, chronic anterolateral pain or a combination of any of them. When conservative management fails, anatomic all-inside ATFL’s superior fascicle repair under direct arthroscopi...
Source: Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Special Focus: Innovations in Foot and Ankle Sports Injury Treatment Source Type: research
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Reported cases of mumps and pertussis have risen in the US in recent years even though many people are vaccinated. As part of the FDA commitment to protect the public health, FDA scientists are working to learn why more cases are occurring.
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