A new study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology warns those who are taking medication for depression, anxiety, or insomnia to take extra caution while operating a vehicle, as their risk of having a car accident may be higher than those not taking psychotropic medications.
Researchers from Taiwan say physicians may want to consider warning patients to avoid driving while taking the medications as they work by altering brain functions, and therefore could affect driving capabilities.
“Our findings underscore that people taking these psychotropic drugs should pay increased attention to their driving performance in order to prevent motor vehicle accidents,” said lead researcher Hui-Ju Tsai, who is based at the National Health Research Institutes in Zhunan.
The study compared medications taken by nearly 5,200 people involved in serious car accidents, to 31,000 similar people with no history of a serious accident. They found that those who had a car accident were more likely to be taking psychotropic medications.
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