Prescription drugs and driving

One in five people in the UK have admitted to drug driving, with the majority of those using prescription drugs.

New research highlights that while public awareness around drink driving is high, the effects of drugs on driving ability are not as well known.

People across the UK regularly take prescription and over-the-counter drugs such as anti-depressants, painkillers, anti-histamines and cough mixtures, all of which have a sedative effect, yet most of these people probably think it is safe for them to drive.

Ash Soni, community pharmacists and RPS English Pharmacy Board Vice Chair said: “It is imperative that anyone taking any kind of medicine is fully aware of the effects that they will have on them. Some medicines can make you drowsy, others might make it difficult to concentrate or blur your vision. Many people are surprised to learn that even over-the-counter medicines may impair their ability to drive.

"We strongly recommend having a conversation with your pharmacist about how the medicines you’re taking might affect you. Taking time to discuss your medicines with your pharmacist could save a life.”