Anxiety, depression medications could impair driving abilities


September 13, 2012 1:45:00 PM PDT
Scientists say people who take medication for anxiety, depression or insomnia may be at greater risk of having a car accident than drivers not taking psychotropic drugs.

Scientists reporting in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology say these drugs alter brain functioning and could impair driving ability.

Researchers add, doctors should think about advising patients not to drive while taking these medications.

In this study, researchers examined the effects of antidepressants, antipsychotics and newer medications to treat insomnia known as z-drugs. They also add that higher doses of these drugs add to the accident risk.