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Driving and Prescription Drugs

The fact that a doctor prescribes you a certain drug does not relieve you of your responsibility to find out how that drug might affect your mental state or your ability to operate heavy machinery. It is up to the patient to check for warnings on the bottle, or to ask the pharmacist if he or she is unsure about whether or not he or she can drive while taking the medication.

Many prescription medications can have similar effects to being significantly inebriated. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car wreck by a driver who you believe was under the influence of a medication, contact the Sheboygan car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at (920) 459-8000.

Checking your Prescriptions

People react differently to different medications. Some people are particularly sensitive to medications while others are not greatly affected. But certain medications are likely to affect those who take them, including:

  • Opiate pain killers: These can significantly slow down reaction time and make it difficult to think clearly.
  • Prescription antihistamines: Antihistamines that are not labeled “non-drowsy” can have the effect of making people feel sleepy or disoriented.
  • Decongestants: Strong decongestants can have similar effects to mild amphetamines. The resulting alertness or “jitteriness” can make it difficult to drive safely.

Always double check your prescription before driving. If you are not sure how a new prescription will affect you, avoid driving until you have adjusted to using it.

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If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car accident involving a driver who was under the influence of any drug, contact the Sheboygan personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at (920) 459-8000.