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Psychoactive Medication and Traffic Safety
AbstractDriving a car is important to maintain independence and participate in society. Many of those who use psychoactive medication are outpatients and are thus likely to drive a vehicle. Most common adverse effects that impair driving are reduced alertness, affected psychomotor functioning and impaired vision. This review discusses the effects on driving ability of most commonly prescribed psychoactive drugs, including hypnotics, antidepressants, antihistamines, analgesics and stimulant drugs. Within these categories of medicines significant differences concerning their impact on driving ability are evident. The International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS) categorization can help physicians to make a choice between treatments when patients want to drive a car.
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Verster, J.C.; Mets, M.A. Psychoactive Medication and Traffic Safety. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 1041-1054.View more citation formats
Verster JC, Mets MA. Psychoactive Medication and Traffic Safety. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(3):1041-1054.Chicago/Turabian Style
Verster, Joris C.; Mets, Monique A. 2009. "Psychoactive Medication and Traffic Safety." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 3: 1041-1054.