October 26, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/
-- A recent study by the National Health Research Institute found those who take medications to manage anxiety, depression or insomnia are more likely to be involved in car accidents than those who do not.
Researchers noted the drugs are designed to alter how the brain functions and that it is advised those using these medications refrain from driving.
Details of the Study
The study, recently published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, compared over 35,000 drivers. The drivers were split into two groups. The first group was composed of drivers who had been involved in motor vehicle accidents and the second group of drivers had no record of car crashes. Overall, researchers found those involved in accidents were more likely to have been on these drugs.
Research has been conducted in the past connecting similar drugs to an increased risk of car accidents. This study is unique because it expands the list of medications to include the new line of Z-drugs.
Z-drugs are used to aid those who struggle to get a good night's rest. Two popular examples currently on the market are Ambien and Lunesta.
The researchers recommend physicians take time to discuss the increased risk of accidents while on these medications and encourage patients to refrain from driving if possible.
Medications and Car Accidents
This most recent study is not the only one to link the use of medications for anxiety, depression and insomnia to an increased risk of involvement in a car accident. The presence of various studies supporting similar findings has led the National Institute of Health to issue a statement noting that driving while using these drugs can be very dangerous and may put other driver's at risk for injury.
In addition to the recommendations issued by various scientific studies and the National Institute of Health, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also expressed concerns about the use of some types of prescription medications while driving. As a result, the NHTSA has issued fact sheets on various prescription drugs and how they may influence an individual's ability to operate a vehicle.
One covered drug is Zolpidem, an ingredient used in sleep aids like Ambien. The fact sheet notes that this medication will cause drowsiness, concentration difficulties and slow reflexes for up to 16 hours after use.
Driving under the influence of prescription medications like sleep aids can result in a driving under the influence, or DUI, charge. If a person is using these medications and causes a car crash, he or she can often be held accountable for any resulting injuries.
If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident connected to driving while under the influence of prescription medications, it is important to know that compensation may be available to cover medical and rehabilitative expenses. Contact an experienced car accident lawyer to better protect your legal rights and remedies.
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