It goes without saying that in road traffic one should act in a manner that does not endanger not only oneself but also other road users. It should be obvious to everyone that drugs and alcohol are not appropriate for driving.

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But what about drugs? Do drugs endanger us while driving?

It certainly can. Many drivers may not realize that some drugs can reduce concentration and vision, affect as well as cause dizziness and headaches. The effects of some drugs linger for hours after ingestion. If you are about to drive and have ingested a drug, you should read the package leaflet to know if the drug will affect your ability to drive. Some medications are not suitable for use while driving. Taking them increases the risk of causing an accident. Examples of medications that affect brain function include antiepileptic drugs, drugs for neurological disorders, antidepressants, hypnotics, and opiates. Drugs for diabetes and Parkinson\’s disease may appear harmless.
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Not so with drugs that affect blood pressure. If you are an active driver, you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist about taking medications. In addition to prescription drugs, some over-the-counter medications can be dangerous. Most cough medicines contain substances that act on the nervous system. Although the amounts are small, they are still dangerous. If you have no choice but to take a medication before driving, be careful that it does not adversely affect you. Watch for slowed reactions, excessive fatigue, and blurred vision. Some medications can cause drowsiness and excessive fatigue. If you are already driving, take regular breaks. Having a passenger is ideal. Allow a longer interval between taking the medication and driving.

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