You can get advice from your doctor about driving while you are on prescription medicines affecting your ability to drive.If you start taking medicines with a warning triangle or medicines for psychiatric disorders, diabetes, or high blood pressure, check with your doctor if you shouldn't drive at all.Sleeplessness is complicated—but that hasn’t stopped millions of Americans from craving a simple chemical solution. But many of those people don’t get the restful night’s sleep they seek. adults, nearly one-third of people who complained of sleep problems at least once per week said they had used an over-the-counter or prescription sleep drug in the previous year.See “A Quick Guide to Sleeping Pills,” below, for more information on different sleep drugs.One thing all these medications have in common: limited benefits.
Even one single glass of beer or wine increases the sedative effect significantly.Usually, the sedative effect is strongest in the beginning of treatment and when the dose is increased.If you start on a new medicine that has a red warning triangle, or the medicine’s dose is changed, it is important that you avoid driving until you know how you respond.Sections 54-55 of the Danish Road Traffic Act provide that it is illegal to drive if the medicine you take affects your ability “to drive the vehicle in a completely safe manner”.Or if you have taken a medicine affecting the ability to drive without having a prescription.
All OTC sleep drugs rely on older antihistamines—diphenhydramine (Sominex, Zzz Quil, and generic) or doxylamine (Unisom Sleep Tabs and generic)—which have drowsiness as a side effect.