With flu and cold season fast approaching in Ohio, it is a good idea to review some of the side effects many of the medications have. Some of these effects actually interfere with the ability to drive. For everyone to stay safe, consumers need to understand the drugs that pose a danger on the road.

The Food and Drug Administration discusses that not all medication impacts driving ability. However, many of the ones that people take to alleviate flu and cold symptoms are on the list of drugs that affect driving. These include cold and allergy remedies, such as decongestants and antihistamines. Pain relievers, such as those to relieve aches associated with the flu, may cause unwanted effects. Others are codeine-containing products and sleep aides.

When taking these meds, the best thing is to stay off the road, but this can be challenging when there is a need to get to work or pick up the kids. If this is the case, it is best if medication can wait until one is home for the evening. Another option is to speak to a doctor. He or she may be able to prescribe something different or adjust the dose or timing of it.

The American Automobile Association reports that not only does taking certain medication cause side effects that impact driving, but it can also lead to a DUI. That is because some of the reported side effects include:

  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Bewilderment and confusion
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Sleepiness

There are enough complications and risks associated with driving, and the consumption of certain medication increases these. Make sure to read the labels and take note of all potentially negative side effects before getting behind the wheel.