Some medications, driving are dangerous duo

FDA is reminding consumers that some medicine labels warn to not operate heavy machinery while taking them, which includes driving a car.

FDA is reminding consumers that some medicine labels warn to not operate heavy machinery while taking them, which includes driving a car. These prescription and OTC products can cause adverse effects such as drowsiness, blurred vision, dizziness, slowed movement, fainting, inability to focus, nausea, and excitability. Some common drugs that can affect one's ability to operate a vehicle include opioid analgesics, prescription anxiety drugs, antiepileptic drugs, antipsychotic drugs, some antidepressants, products containing codeine, sleeping medications, muscle relaxants, medicines for motion sickness and diarrhea, "stay awake" drugs, and other medications with stimulants. FDA recommends that patients ask their doctors or pharmacists for printed information about the potential adverse effects of their medications. Should any prove challenging, a patient's health care provider can help manage or minimize any adverse effects by changing or adjusting the dose or timing of the medication. FDA is also highlighting the importance of keeping health care providers informed of any reactions, noting that consumers should never stop using a medicine unless their doctor tells them to do so.