Prescribed a New Medication? Ask Your Doctor If It’s Safe for You to Drive.

by Staff Blogger | October 9th, 2018

Both over-the-counter and prescription medications can have powerful side effects. And because all drugs affect people differently, especially at varying dosages, known side effects can vary significantly from patient to patient.

One of the most dangerous but often overlooked side effects in medications is drowsiness. While a medication causing drowsiness may not be a major issue if it’s taken at night or just before bedtime, it can be disruptive when the medication is taken in the morning or multiple times throughout the day. In addition to making it more difficult to be productive at work, drowsiness can also make driving extremely hazardous to you, your passengers, and other motorists.

Ask your doctor if your medication is known to cause drowsiness and whether it’s okay for you to get behind the wheel after taking it. You should have the same conversation if the drug is linked to any other side effects that can affect your ability to drive safely, including blurry vision, dizziness, nausea, or anxiety.

If you have no option but to drive, your doctor may be able to adjust your dosage or switch you to another medication that has fewer side effects that interfere with your ability to safely arrive at your destination.

Were you or someone you love harmed by a medication that was supposed to make you feel better? If so, you deserve the assistance of an experienced drug injury lawyer. Call Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough today for a free consultation. We’ll do everything we can to help you get maximum compensation for your drug-related complications.