1. Pain relievers

Almost all pain relievers cause drowsiness, dizziness, euphoria, and disorientation. Even though medications such as Ibuprofen and Tylenol don’t have such strong side effects, but can cause you to relax indirectly and therefor impair coordination and reaction times. It is highly recommended that you take public transportation or have someone else drive you when you are taking these type of medication.

2. Antihistamines

All antihistamine medications used to make made you sleepy. Newer medicine such as Claritin, Allegra and Zyrtec are thought not to make cause sleepiness. But when a medication label reads “-amine” in the contents, this means the medication will cause sleepiness. These types of medications can also cause blurred vision because they dry up the tear ducts.

3. Antidepressants

Some antidepressants such as Trazodone, Nefazodone, and tricyclics can cause drowsiness and a slow down reaction times. Just a few extra seconds braking or with your eyes not focused can make all the difference. Antidepressants such as Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro can cause insomnia, which slows your reaction time during the day since you are sleepy from lack of rest. You can get used to these medications, but until then, it his highly recommended that you hold off on driving until you feel alert again.

4. Antihypertensives

Blood pressure medicine cause sluggishness and slow reaction time. These effects go away within a few weeks, so hold off on driving until you feel normal and alert enough to drive.

5. Antianxiety pills and muscle relaxants

Prescription medications such as Valium and Xanax may have a tranquilizing effect that can impair judgment and reaction times. Many think that natural medicines, such as the Valerian root, do not have any side effects; however, they have almost the same effects.

6. Stimulants Even stimulants such as caffeine pills or Red Bull can impair your driving skills

Such pills make you more impetuous and less likely to pay attention to fine details. Such stimulants which make you feel more energetic than usual can impair your ability to concentrate. One cup of coffee isn’t strong enough to cause such effects; however, higher doses (such as 5 or 6) should make you want to think twice about getting behind the wheel.

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