Many of us are familiar with the dangers associated with driving while under the influence of alcohol and some other hard substances. It should be noted though, that certain prescription medicines when taken may, as well compromise a driver’s ability to safely operate their vehicle, because they give off side effects ranging from mild dizziness to the more complex compromised motor functions and clouded mental judgment.
With special emphasis on seniors who may still be fit for driving but are usually on certain medicines to address their chronic health problems, here are some groups of medicines that are recommended you stay away from all wheels while on them.
Antihistamines essentially come in handy for combating allergic reactions, common cold, and catarrh, but certain ones are not without side effects and can induce a drowsy feel in a matter of minutes after intake. The blurring of vision has been reported to be due to their ability to dehydrate the tear ducts, along with stimulating the sleep centers in the brain.
Chronic hypertension is a common phenomenon among the senior citizens, for which there is always the endless need for antihypertensive medications to control increasing blood pressures. Some of these medications, however, produce their effects but not without being accompanied by a lethargic feeling that can persist for days, during which it would be wise to avoid driving.
Pain Relieving Medications
Pain relievers are said to be the leading cause of side effects that make driving unsafe, the obvious ones being prescribed opiates such as morphine and codeine. However, some of the over-the-counter medicines are just as dangerous, for example, ibuprofen may not necessarily be capable of inducing dizziness but is said to slow down reflexes and delay reaction time. The prolonged reaction time becomes dangerous for one such quick-witted attention needing activity as driving a vehicle.
Used to relieve muscle spasms and pain, these drugs impact the skeletal muscle tone and functioning. Adequate muscle activity and tone are needed for body coordination, hence any individual with these functions impaired may be at risk if they attempt to get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Consumers are usually always kept in the know by the pharmacists of these medication-associated effects and a disregard for such warnings will be devastating.
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