Driving Under the Influence – of Allergy Medicine

Mar 17, 2017 0 Comments in Uncategorized by


Reminder of the week.

Driving Under the Influence – of Allergy Medicine

Spring will arrive on March 20th in the U.S., bringing along a slew of seasonal allergies. Experts suggest that the 2017 allergy season could be more severe in comparison to previous years.

With allergy season officially starting, you should be aware that some over-the counter allergy drugs can seriously impair your ability to drive a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV).

Researchers say even if you don’t feel drowsy on allergy medications, you can still be impaired. The danger of getting behind the wheel of a CMV when a driver is too tired to drive can be fatal.  Antihistamines – which block allergic reactions – slow down reaction time and impair coordination.

Here is a partial list of legal drugs that can – in the right amount – impair your ability to drive:

  • Anti-anxiety medication             • Motion sickness medication
  • Amphetamines                          • Ulcer medication
  • Barbiturates                               • Antibiotics
  • Stimulants                                 • Anti-seizure medicines
  • Narcotic pain medications          • Paregoric
  • Allergy medicines                      • Anti-nausea medicine
  • Blood sugar medicines              • Sedatives
  • Antidepressants                         • Cough syrups
  • Tranquilizers                              • Alcohol-containing medicines
  • Blood pressure medicines          • Caffeine-containing medicines
  • Decongestants


Klemens Kuqi 

Compliance Manager