There are drugs, even some over-the-counter medications that may reduce your safe driving skills.
Pay special attention to the side-effects of the medication you are taking.
Some of these side-effects may be:
- Difficulty to focus or to stay alert
- Blurred or double vision
- Slow reaction
- Lack of coordination, feeling of instability
- Drowsiness, feeling of fainting
Medications that may affect your ability to drive are especially those to treat the following disorders or diseases:
- Sleep disorders (hypnotic drugs)
- Anxiety (tranquillisers)
- Psychosis (antipsychotic drugs)
- Depression (antidepressants)
- Epilepsy (antiepileptic drugs)
- Parkinson’s (antiparkinsonian drugs)
- Pain (painkillers)
- Allergies (antiallergic drugs and antihistamines)
- Flu and colds
- Certain eye illnesses
- Whenever you start a new treatment, even with over-the-counter medication or healing herbs, ask your general practitioner about the risks that it may have for driving, and always read the information pamphlet.
- Always ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice about the medication you are taking or have to take in order to treat these or other diseases.
- Look for a warning symbol on the containers of the medication you are taking in order to know whether they have or not adverse effects on driving:
- This pictogram does not forbid you to drive, but warns you that it is advisable to read the information pamphlet which describes the specific adverse effects of the medication and the precautions to take.
- Be especially careful and read the pamphlets well whenever starting a new treatment, if the dose is changed or if you take more than one medication at a time. In case of doubt, ask your general practitioner.
- Since alcohol increases the adverse effects of medication, avoid drinking alcohol while taking medication and never drink and drive.
- Do not change or stop the treatment and never change the dose or the times you take the medication without asking your doctor first.
- Never treat yourself. If you are an RACC member, you can ask any question related to your health and/or the medication you are taking to our doctor on duty.