Antidepressants, Sleeping Pills and Anxiety Drugs May Increase Driving Risk

ScienceDaily (Sep. 10, 2012) “Drugs prescribed to treat anxiety,
depression and insomnia may increase patients’ risk of being involved in motor
vehicle accidents, according to a recent study, published in the British Journal of

Clinical Pharmacology. Based on the findings, the researchers suggested doctors

should consider advising patients not to drive while taking these drugs.

Psychotropic drugs affect the way the brain functions and can impair a
driver’s ability to control their vehicle. Research on the links between
psychotropic medication and driving accidents has focused on benzodiazepines,
which have been used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Perhaps the best known of
these drugs is diazepam. Newer Z-drugs, used to treat insomnia, have
received less attention, as have antidepressants and antipsychotics.