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Old 02-22-2005, 18:00   #1 (permalink)
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Anti-depressants and driving

I guess this falls into the area of road safety...

Having recently been in hospital and therefore unable to drive myself around for a couple of weeks I have had the experience of being chauffered around by a couple of my wife's relo's.
A really scary experience in both cases.

Both these people are taking prescribed anti-depressants (as are half the population from what my G.P. mate tells me).

Their reaction times are bl**dy woeful

For example both these people just sit at the traffic lights for at least four or more seconds when the lights turn green before actually realizing that they should drive on. When approaching lights or any intersection they slow down WAY before the the intersection - it's like everything they're doing is in slow motion.

Feeling suitably scared by their driving I did a google on "anti-depressants driving" and there is some research in the UK which says that there is a real risk involved when driving and using these (legal) drugs.

Quote: "In a month-long project, researchers at Surrey University assessed the road handling skills of 16 volunteers who had been given some of the most commonly prescribed anti-depressants.
They found the medicines delayed reaction times twice as much as the legal limit of alcohol." End quote.

Had a talk to the RACT here in Tassy and basically they said that they weren't interested in the issue if there were no warnings about effects on driving from the drug manufacturers of prescribing GP's....

Maybe this explains the apparent stupidity of a lot of road users.

That really sucks

Anyone else had any experiences of this sort?
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Re: Anti-depressants and driving

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I guess this falls into the area of road safety...

Having recently been in hospital and therefore unable to drive myself around for a couple of weeks I have had the experience of being chauffered around by a couple of my wife's relo's.
A really scary experience in both cases.

Both these people are taking prescribed anti-depressants (as are half the population from what my G.P. mate tells me).

Their reaction times are bl**dy woeful

For example both these people just sit at the traffic lights for at least four or more seconds when the lights turn green before actually realizing that they should drive on. When approaching lights or any intersection they slow down WAY before the the intersection - it's like everything they're doing is in slow motion.

Feeling suitably scared by their driving I did a google on "anti-depressants driving" and there is some research in the UK which says that there is a real risk involved when driving and using these (legal) drugs.

Quote: "In a month-long project, researchers at Surrey University assessed the road handling skills of 16 volunteers who had been given some of the most commonly prescribed anti-depressants.
They found the medicines delayed reaction times twice as much as the legal limit of alcohol." End quote.

Had a talk to the RACT here in Tassy and basically they said that they weren't interested in the issue if there were no warnings about effects on driving from the drug manufacturers of prescribing GP's....

Maybe this explains the apparent stupidity of a lot of road users.

That really sucks

Anyone else had any experiences of this sort?
That is just scary......
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Old 02-23-2005, 19:18   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Anti-depressants and driving

all i can say is wow.
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