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Prescription Medications Can Lead to a DUI


It is common knowledge that you should not drive after drinking alcohol, but have you considered the impact of prescription medications on your ability to drive safely and responsibly? When people are impaired because of prescription medication, accidents are possible.

To keep the roads of Baltimore and the Washington DC area safe, there are laws prohibiting impaired drivers. If you or someone you love takes prescription medication, it is important you understand the impact of those drugs. Lower reaction times and vision issues are possible. If you were in an accident after taking drugs, you could be facing a charge of driving under the influence.

Discuss your situation with a Baltimore DUI & DWI lawyer as soon as possible. When prescription medications contribute to an accident, claims and cases can be complex.

Side Effects are Possible When Taking Prescription Medications

For many, prescription drugs improve their lives. There are even situations where lives are saved or extended. While these are huge benefits, there can be side effects to some medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff works hard to weigh the benefits of and drawbacks to every drug eligible for approval. And even when it is decided that the pros outweigh the cons, it is possible for some patients ingesting the medication still experience complications.

Some medication side effects are minor inconveniences, but others interfere with a person’s ability to perform daily tasks, such as driving safely. Side effects could include one or more of the following side effects:

  • Dizziness or disorientation
  • Blurred vision and drowsiness
  • Slower reaction times and fatigue
  • Heart palpitations
  • Digestive issues and upset stomachs

Side effects are possible because of interactions with other drugs, too. It is important for you to be honest with your health care provider and primary care provider about any drugs you are taking, this includes over the counter medications and illegal substances. Then, you can be told of possible interactions and side effects.

Take the Proper Dose of Prescription Medications

Another step you can take to keep yourself and others on the road safe is to always take the proper dose of your medications. It is common for individuals who have been taking a medication for years to begin to alter dosages, trying to correct a feeling or symptom on their own. Any shift in dosage should be discussed with your doctor.

Also, check in with yourself and how you feel before getting behind the wheel. Even if a new medication does not state that dizziness is a side effect, if you find yourself feeling dizzy after ingesting the medication, do not drive.

Impaired driving is a real risk for anyone taking under the influence of drugs, whether those drugs are illegal substances or prescription medications. If you are facing a DWI or DUI charge in the state of Maryland, talk to a skilled Baltimore DUI lawyer to learn more about your options.

Are you facing a criminal charge after an arrest for a DUI? Let our attorneys protect your rights. Our experienced legal team can defend you against criminal charges. Reach out to the legal team at Iamele & Iamele, LLP to understand your options. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.


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