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Could a Prescription Drug Lead to a DUI?

When you think about driving under the influence (DUI), you may automatically think of being intoxicated from alcohol or illegal drugs. However, impaired driving deals with more than just these two examples.

The law does not say you must be intoxicated by one of these substances, as long as you are impaired in any manner. This means you could possibly be arrested for DUI if you are found under the influence of a legal drug as well, such as prescribed medicine.

How Medications Can Affect Your Ability to Drive

Medications are prescribed by doctors throughout the United States to treat pain, allergies, depression, or for other conditions. Some of these medicines may impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely.

Potential side effects to certain prescription medications include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Slowed reaction times
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Altered coordination

In most cases, doctors suggest that patients do not take these medications for several hours before driving. It is important to always check the warning label carefully to understand the potential reactions to certain medications.

If your doctor determines you prescriptions impact your ability to drive, he or she may be able to adjust your dosage, the timing of taking the mediation, or change the medication to one that will not affect your driving abilities.

If you are arrested for DUI on prescription medication, it is critical to seek legal representation from an experience criminal defense attorney. A lawyer can evaluate your case and determine your legal options in order to obtain the best outcomes possible for your case.

For more information regarding your case, contact the Law Office of David R. Fischer and request a free consultation with our Las Vegas criminal defense attorney today.