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Side effects of allergy medicine may include car accidents

Getting in the car to run some errands, drive to work or pick up the kids from soccer practice is something that we do nearly every day. Driving may simply be a way to get from here to there and many of us have been doing it for years. And unless alcohol is involved, people generally do not think about whether or not they are fit to drive before getting in their car.

However, there may be a very common drug in a person's system that may make them unsafe behind the wheel. According to reports, antihistamines and allergy medicine may be increasing a person's chance of causing a car accident. People all across Iowa who have allergies may want to know about the recent warning issued by the Food and Drug Administration. 

Whether a person takes allergy medicine periodically or every day, there are ingredients in the medication that can affect a person's ability to drive. The FDA says that people who take antihistamines to combat allergies may end up suffering from drowsiness, mild confusion and impaired reaction times which can make them very dangerous behind the wheel.

There are warnings on the labels that caution users not to drive or operate heavy machinery, but people may not pay much attention to the warning. They may be so used to popping a pill to alleviate symptoms of seasonal allergies that they do not give much thought to how it may affect the rest of their body. 

Whether a driver is impaired by alcohol, illegal drugs or allergy medication, they may not be safe to drive. Drivers need to be focused, alert and cautious behind the wheel. If they are not, they can end up causing an accident involving other motorists. In any collision, there is the possibility that a person can be seriously injured. Many victims of these crashes end up with broken bones, back or neck injuries and ongoing pain that can last a lifetime. 

Source: CBS News, "FDA: Allergy medications may make you too drowsy to drive," Ryan Jaslow, June 1, 2013

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