The Effects of Prescription Drugs on Driving
While it is commonly understood that recreational drugs and alcohol should not be mixed with driving, it is less realized that the same goes for certain prescription drugs. There are prescription drugs that can have the exact same effects on the central nervous system as that of alcohol. Certain drugs can even impair a person more than alcohol.
It is vital that every time a prescription is picked up that the patient reads every warning on the bottle. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car accident caused by a driver who was under the influence of a prescription drug at the time of the crash, contact the Iowa car accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 to find out about your legal options.
Common Mind-Altering Prescription Drugs
Depending on the individual, almost any drug has the potential of having side effects that can cause a degree of mental impairment. But there are certain drugs that are well known for having troublesome effects on the central nervous system. These drugs include:
Opiate painkillers: Prescription painkillers are the most common prescription drugs contributing to car accidents.
Antihistamines: Certain antihistamines can cause drowsiness as a side effect.
Decongestants: Prescription-strength decongestants can affect a person in a similar way to amphetamines.
It is up to the patient to ensure that the drug they are taking is safe to take while driving. If you have received a new prescription, try to avoid driving until you know how the drug affects you.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car accident caused be a driver who was under the influence of a mind-altering prescription drug, contact the Iowa car accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600.