Allergy Medicine Takes Toll on Drivers

Allergy Meds

May Cause Drowsiness, Itchy Eyes, and Car Accidents

As the Western Pennsylvania weather settles into summer, seasonal allergy sufferers are feeling it. Medications may provide relief, but they can have a dangerous impact on everyday activities, such as driving.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to remind consumers that many antihistamines may cause drowsiness, lack of focus, and slowed reaction times. Behind the wheel of a car, these side effects could cause a serious accident.

The FDA encourages drivers to avoid the road until they know how they react to different allergy medicines and to be careful if they must drive. Additionally, the FDA urges consumers to always read labels and avoid alcohol and other substances that may increase drowsiness.

Were You Injured in a Car Accident?

If you were injured in an accident caused by an impaired driver, you may have a case. Drivers who take medicine before getting behind the wheel can pose a risk to themselves and others on the road. Contact us at 412-394-1000 or fill out the form in the top right corner of this page for a no-obligation, free legal consultation.

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"Allergy Meds Could Affect Your Driving." May 18, 2014.