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Prescription medications can lead to DUI charges in Illinois

Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol, you put yourself and others at risk of being involved in a crash or accident. You can be impaired by many substances, not just alcohol. That’s important to know, especially as someone with chronic medical conditions.

Did you know that your prescription medications could lead to a charge of driving under the influence (DUI)? Were you aware that the medications you take every day could give you unusual side effects that make it hard for you to drive one day but give you no side effects the next?

Whenever you take medication, you’re changing your body in some way. If a medication you take affects the way you react, your ability to stay awake or your actions, then you could end up facing charges if you get behind the wheel.

What kinds of medications can impact your ability to drive?

All medications are different, but some that may impact your ability to drive include:

  • Over-the-counter sleep aids
  • Antihistamines
  • Cough medications (particularly night-specific medications)
  • Anxiety or depression medications

There are also many others with side effects that may lead to drowsiness or changes in behavior.

What kinds of side effects impact your ability to drive?

Some side effects that influence driving include:

  • Being unable to focus or pay attention
  • Slowed movements
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness

Sometimes, severe side effects, like difficulty breathing or seizures, could impact your ability to drive safely, too.

If you are stopped because of being impaired, it’s important to stay quiet and reach out to look into your legal options. You may not have known the risks of your medications, but they have led to a serious situation.