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Psychotropic Drugs Impair Driving

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Ariadna Cossio5 years ago

Psychotropic drugs have been linked to an increased risk of car accidents, news outlets report. The drugs prescribed for insomnia, anxiety, and depression have all been found to greatly impair driving ability. Below is a breakdown of types of psychotropic drugs and their side effects.

Anxiety Medications (Benzodiazepenes)

  • These include: Xanax, Valium, Ativan
  • Substances in these drugs can accumulate in your body, raising the risk for accidental overdose and other side effects. Older adults are especially susceptible.
  • Side effects include: Dizziness, loss of balance, hazy thoughts, memory loss; These side effects are especially dangerous when driving.


  • Side effects: suicidal thoughts, violent feelings/ behavior, impaired immune system, birth defects, strokes
Insomnia Drugs
  • Commonly used drugs include: Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata, Imovane
  • Side effects: Disorientation, confusion, sleep walking/ sleep driving, hallucinations, extreme short term memory loss
Be Mindful of State of Mind When Driving

It is important to be especially conscious of your state of mind when taking these medications. Psychotropic drugs can affect a driver’s state of mind just as much as alcohol. Be mindful of your state of mind while driving, and do not drive if you feel in any way impaired. It is also important to be attentive to warning labels on medications that describe possible side effects that may impair your driving ability.

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