Unless you grew up in an extremely remote town, you likely have been barraged with reasons why you should never drive drunk since you were too young to even drive. Thus, most people are aware of how dangerous drunk driving is and for the most part try to stay away from doing it. But most people are not aware of the fact that there are many other substances that can affect driving ability. And these substances go far beyond just recreational drugs and alcohol. One common cause of driving accidents are over the counter drugs or OTC drugs which can easily be picked up at any pharmacy or even from the nearest grocery store.
These drugs can mimic the effects of alcohol and some people when under the influence of these drugs are just as inadequate drivers as if they were under the influence of alcohol.
While the majority of these drugs have labels on them that warn about the dangers of “operating heavy machinery” while taking the drugs, these warnings are often hard to find. They are sometimes hidden under multiple flaps which are stuck onto the bottle the drug is sold in. Or the warning may be on the box the drug came in which many people promptly dispose of after buying the drug. In any event, it is important to scour a box for any type of warning about the mental effects of the drug and whether or not driving is safe. If you still have any doubt, look the drug up on the internet for side effects or ask the pharmacist.
The Most Common Types of Dangerous Over the Counter Drugs When it Comes to Driving
There are many drugs that can cause reactions in certain people. Really, any drug has the possibility of having a bad effect on an individual, even something as innocuous as ibuprofen or aspirin can cause a few people to feel odd. But there are certain drugs that are widely known to have serious effects on the central nervous system and are not interned to be taken before driving. These drugs include:
• Antihistamines-antihistamines that are not labeled as non drowsy can cause serious somnolence in users.
• Decongestants-these speed up the central nervous system
• Nighttime cold and flu medications
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