Learn About Medications That Affect Driving



Two-thirds of older adults take at least 5 medications a day, including supplements and prescription and over-the-counter drugs.


Some medications, alone or in combination with other drugs, can affect driving. The more medications a person takes, the more likely they are to have side effects that can affect driving, like drowsiness, blurred vision or attention problems.


Common medications that can affect driving include:

  • Tranquilizers

  • Narcotic pain pills

  • Sleep medicines

  • Anti-depressants

  • Cough medicines

  • Antihistamines

  • Decongestants


Other medications can also affect driving. Pharmacists or other health professionals can do thorough medication reviews, identifying any drugs that can affect driving and suggest changes to support safe driving.