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Taking Prescription Medications Can Result Impaired Driving

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While it is widely understood that individuals should not get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or using illegal drugs, many do not think about the impact prescription medications can have on a person’s ability to drive. After ingesting medications, it is possible to be involved in traffic accidents due to reduced reaction times, for example.

In order to keep everyone on the roads safe, there are laws in place regarding driving while impaired. If you have a prescription, and that led to a charge of impaired driving, discuss your situation with an experienced Houston DWI lawyer. When prescription medications contributed to an accident, cases can be complex. A skilled attorney can help.

Some Prescription Medications Have Side Effects

Prescription drugs and medications can improve and save lives, but that does not mean they are free of side effects. When a medication is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, they can still carry complications for some or all patients. After all, manufacturers, health care teams, and regulators have to weigh the pros and cons of a drug or device prior to approval.

There are a wide range of side effects, and some of them can interfere with safe driving. For instance, some drugs designed to alleviate depression symptoms have been shown to reduce reaction times for some drivers. Other prescription drug side effects include the following:

  • Disorientation
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Drowsiness
  • Lower reaction times
  • Heart palpitations
  • Stomach upset

It is also important to note that drug combinations can lead to other side effects as well. If you have a prescription, be honest with your healthcare provider about other drugs you may be ingesting, over the counter medications, for example. Your pharmacist can also be helpful should questions arise.

Taking Steps to Protect Yourself

Other steps you can take to protect yourself include taking the proper dose of your medication and being aware of any consequences of drinking alcohol or using other substances while taking prescriptions.

Of course, even with medical advice on your side, it is also helpful to assess your own feelings. For example, if you are taking a new medication and find yourself feeling overly tired, do not get behind the wheel. If you absolutely must go somewhere, have another person drive. Do not make the assumption that you are alert when you suspect otherwise. Medicated drivers experiencing coordination loss can cause car accidents.

Law enforcement could charge you for impaired driving, even if your medication was prescribed. If you are facing a DWI or DUI charge in Texas, talk to a skilled Houston DWI lawyer to learn more about your options.

Were you involved in an accident while feeling the effects of prescription medication? Our experienced legal team can defend you against criminal charges. We have the knowledge to protect you whether the alleged crime was minor or serious. Reach out to the legal team at Ayson Law Firm to understand your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation with a Houston criminal defense attorney today.

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