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Can a prescription drug cause problems when driving?

Like most Tennessee residents, you have no doubt heard and seen many campaigns and information about the hazards of drunk driving. It is generally very clear to people what can lead someone to being charged with driving under the influence offense. It is simply the act of consuming alcohol and then driving. If the amount of alcohol is sufficient to reach a certain blood alcohol content, criminal charges may be a possibility.

But, when it comes to drugged driving, how well do you understand what may cause a legal or criminal problem for you? It is actually not simply driving after using illegal drugs. The use of perfectly legal drugs obtained either over the counter or legally via a prescription from your doctor might actually put you at risk for a drugged driving charge.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, many medications commonly used to treat depression, sleep ailments, anxiety, allergies, colds or pain may all interfere with your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.From sleepiness to excessive excitement, blurred vision to reduced vision or ability to focus, the impact of these drugs can vary. It is always important to check with a doctor or pharmacist before taking a drug as to whether or not you could drive safely while using it.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to help give Tennessee residents an overview of the types of prescription medications that may interfere with their ability to drive safely and that may even expose them to being accused of impaired driving offenses.

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