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Your prescription medication could lead to a DWI

On Behalf of | Jul 20, 2022 | Drunk Driving |

Did you know that you can get a DWI for being impaired by substances other than alcohol? That means that even if you’re taking a medication that you’ve been prescribed, you could face a DWI if you’re driving dangerously as a result.

This is something that you have to keep in mind, because many people do take medications that can lead to side effects that have a negative effect on their driving skills. For example, taking an allergy medication can make you tired if it’s not non-drowsy. Cold medications may include ingredients to make you drowsy or that will make you dizzy. Rescue medications for asthma or allergic reactions may cause anxiety or shaking.

All of these side effects can lead to unusual driving behaviors that could lead to a DWI in Texas.

What can you do to reduce the risk of a DWI linked to your medications?

If you want to reduce the risk of a DWI linked to the medications you take every day or for a short-term condition, the first step is to see how those medications affect you. When you take them for the first time, or within the first few doses, make sure you track the way you feel. Are you comfortable? Do you react similarly? Are you having any unusual side effects?

If you don’t notice any real side effects, it’s probably safe to drive. If you notice that you’re a little tired or that you’re getting dizzy, then you may want to have someone else drive you where you need to go or take a rideshare service to get to your destination.

Some medications cause side effects that are more pronounced when they’re first taken, but the body can get used to them. If you’re on a long-term medication, keep reassessing how you feel. Even if you need a few days off initially, you may be able to drive again in the future once your body gets used to the medications and stops having side effects from them. Until then, play it safe, so you can avoid a collision and keep yourself and others safe.