It is well known that driving under the influence of prescription medications - including sleeping pills - is a negligent act that places others on the road at risk of suffering harm in preventable car crashes. According to a new study, however, even when drivers believe they may be using sleeping pills responsibly and within approved guidelines, they could still be at an increased risk of being in car accidents.
Here are some details about the study:
The risks posed by sleeping pills have raised attention for some time. In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required drug makers to lower doses in popular sleeping medications after research showed they could remain in the bloodstream at levels high enough to affect morning driving.
Given the risks presented by sleeping pills, the FDA strongly encourages doctors to prescribe the lowest possible dose to patients. Additionally, patients should understand that the effects of sleeping medications, and give themselves plenty of time before driving.
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