Hayfever medications may cause drivers to become “lethargic” and unsafe to drive.
HAYFEVER patients may be at “greater risk” behind the wheel this summer, as medications can make drivers “tired” and “unable to concentrate.”
Antihistamine medications, which are used to prevent allergies from getting worse, can have a “sedative impact,” according to experts at GEM Motoring Assist. This could make drivers feel “lethargic” behind the wheel, putting them in grave danger.
They did warn, however, that drivers who do not take any medications may still be at risk.
Sneezing and irritated eyes, they noted, are both major distractions for drivers and are likely to impair eyesight.
“The coming of hay fever may herald weeks of suffering for millions, with the promise of unpleasant symptoms such as frequent sneezing, itching, and sleep issues that can make ordinary life difficult,” said Chief Executive Neil Worth.
“Every sneeze will take a few seconds away from your ability to concentrate on driving, and irritated or itchy eyes will diminish the quality of your eyesight.
“Sufferers will often find it difficult to concentrate on driving if they haven’t gotten enough sleep and are distracted by their symptoms.
“It’s also crucial to keep in mind that some antihistamines, especially those used to treat other illnesses like travel sickness, might have a sedative impact.
“This means they can make you feel fatigued, drowsy, and unable to concentrate, putting you in grave danger if you try to drive.
“That’s why it’s critical to pay attention to any cautions on therapies you take, whether they’re over-the-counter or prescribed by a doctor. You must not drive if the medicine can make you drowsy.”
GEM Motoring Assist experts advise that drivers who are taking medications are subject to the same traffic laws as those who are using illegal narcotics.
If a driver’s driving abilities is deemed to be impaired, they face prosecution, a hefty fine, and the loss of their license, according to them.
According to a survey conducted by One Poll, nearly one-fifth of drivers had no knowledge which antihistamines they take for hayfever before getting behind the wheel.
Doctors and pharmacists should give better warnings on the safety of prescription medicines while driving, according to 47% of respondents.
Almost half of those polled also want clearer warnings on packets about potential safety hazards.
According to a Confused.com survey from 2018, 58 percent of “Brinkwire Summary News”