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Over-the-Counter Drugs and Driving

The dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol and illegal drugs are well known. Drivers learn about these dangers from various driver’s education classes and other sources. There are even countless billboards and non-profits touting the dangers of driving in a mental state caused by drugs and alcohol. But many people are not aware that there are drugs which you can pick up freely at any drugstore of grocery store which can be just as deadly to drivers.

Which Medications are Dangerous to Drivers?

There are certain types of drugs that tamper with many people’s mental state when they are taken. These are the over-the-counter drugs that need to be avoided while driving. These include:

  • Antihistamines: For the most part, this includes drowsy anti-histamines for allergic reactions such as Benadryl.
  • Cold and flu medications: These can cause extreme drowsiness and even a drunken like state.
  • Decongestants: These can speed up thoughts and cause agitation.

Every type of medication affects each person differently. Certain people can react badly to basic anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil, although this is uncommon. The only way that you can be truly safe is by finding out how new medications affect you before getting behind the wheel.

Contact Us

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car crash involving a person you believe was under the influence of a mind altering over the counter drug, contact the Sheboygan personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (920) 459-8000.