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Is your sleep medication affecting your driving?

On Behalf of | Apr 20, 2016 | Car Accidents |

Going to sleep may be an activity that many people in Alabama take for granted, but if you suffer from insomnia, you may discover that the lack of adequate rest is causing you serious health problems. In some cases, doctors recommend sleep medications. However, these may have side effects that could put others in danger if you do not take proper precautions.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that some sedatives, such as those containing the drug zolpidem, may lead to impaired driving if you do not get enough sleep after taking them. In fact, the agency has changed its dosage recommendations for these medications based on new information that indicates a higher level of risk than was previously thought. There is also data collected through the FDA’s reporting system that suggests that as many as 700 traffic accidents could have occurred due to the use of the drug. Driving simulations also indicate that it may not be safe to drive after taking a sedative.

You can believe yourself to be fully alert the day after you take zolpidem and still be suffering impairment because of the amount of the drug still circulating in your system, scientists caution, especially if you are a woman. How long it takes to recover enough to drive safely varies from person to person, so it is essential for you to be monitored by a doctor and take the lowest dose that works for you to prevent an auto accident. This information about sleep aids and impaired driving is provided for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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