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How to avoid a DWI while on medication

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2022 | Drunk Driving Accidents |

Getting a DWI in Virginia doesn’t always mean you are drunk. You can be pulled over for exhibiting risky behavior on the road while using illegal drugs. You can also be cited if you seem to pose a risk while under the influence of prescription medications. There are common-sense ways to avoid this occurrence.

Some medicines affect your ability to drive

Some medicines can affect your ability to drive safely and responsibly. If this occurs, you can be cited for a DWI. This is also true for a number of over the counter medications. It will be up to you to find out from your doctor if using a certain type of medicine can lead to this type of side effect. If it does, you should stay off the road.

There are a number of side effects that can definitely impair your ability to drive in a safe manner. These can include sleepiness or drowsiness that can impair your ability to judge situations and react to them in time. Some medications can cause dizziness or fainting spells that can lead to an accident.

You should avoid certain medications while driving

There are certain types of over-the-counter and prescription drugs that you should definitely avoid if you are going to drive. These include pain relievers that are made of opioid materials. You should also avoid medications that are prescribed for extreme anxiety, psychotic episodes, and seizures. Stay away from products that contain codeine.

You should also be aware that many products that contain THC, such as so-called “edibles”, can cause sleepiness and lethargic behavior. This is not the kind of mood you want to be in while operating a vehicle. Sleeping pills and muscle relaxants should also be avoided if you are driving.