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How can you prevent a DUI related to your medications?

On Behalf of | Dec 5, 2020 | DUI Defense

There are many reasons that you could get a DUI. Not all of them are related to alcohol. Did you know that you could get a DUI for taking the medications that you’ve taken your whole life?

Imagine taking a certain medication at a certain dosage for the last several years. Since your body has gotten used to it, you don’t have the side effects that others might have. You drive, and you drive safely.

Now, imagine that your doctor bumps up the dosage of that drug. You might not think that it will have any significant effect on you, because you haven’t had any side effects for so long. However, you suddenly become drowsy, dizzy, tired or distracted because of the medication. Should you get behind the wheel of your vehicle, you could be accused of driving while under the influence.

How can you prevent a DUI related to your medications?

A good rule of thumb is to make sure you do not drive for at least 24 hours after your first dose of a new medication. Waiting a whole day will let you see how the medication affects you and if you are going to have side effects. 

Some people will take their first dose at the start of the weekend. That way, they can take Saturday and Sunday to see how the medication affects them. Additionally, this is the time when most people have time off, so others may be able to drive them anywhere they need to go.

Although DUIs are approached as if they are always caused by people who drink in excess, the reality is that DUIs can be caused by prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, illicit drugs, alcohol in foods and many other scenarios.