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By contactus@steppingstonepediatrics.com
June 13, 2018
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From NJ Poison Control:

(Newark, NJ) – Warning. Allergy sufferers must err on the side of caution when driving under the influence of allergy medicines. Many legal (prescription and over-the-counter/OTC) drugs including oral antihistamines make driving unsafe due to side effects like sleepiness, loss of focus/attention, blurred vision and decreased coordination.

 

Case: A 17-year-old male suffering from seasonal allergies decided to take a non-prescription antihistamine prior to leaving for tennis practice. Approximately thirty minutes afterwards, he began feeling drowsy and dizzy. His parents noticed his altered state and prevented him from driving. His father called the NJ Poison Control Center to find out how long the side effects would last.

 

NJ Poison Control experts remind consumers that all medicines have side effects associated with them even when they are taken according to the directions. Experts suggest using caution when taking allergy medicines or giving them to children. Many may assume non-prescription (OTC) medicines do not carry risks because they are sold without a prescription. NJ Poison Control experts disagree:  they answer daily calls for help involving OTC products (side effects, drug interactions, overdose, etc.). Many non-prescription medicines can produce serious side effects which may cause harm to those taking them.

 

Before you reach for allergy medicine, either OTC or prescription, we recommend the following tips to prevent problems related to medication use:

 

  • Select medications that treat ONLY the symptoms you have.  For example, use a decongestant if you are congested, but only use decongestants with cough suppressant if you have a cough as well. 
  • Be mindful that many medicines contain more than one ingredient, and some may even contain alcohol.  Many ingredients used in medicine can interact dangerously with alcohol causing side effects like nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, fainting, and/or loss of coordination.  Keep in mind that these interactions can still occur even if they were not ingested at the same time. 
  • Watch for duplicate active ingredients in products taken at the same time.  Many medications contain the same active ingredients, even if they have different names and/or intended purposes.  Taking these together, even if each is in the intended dose, can result in serious overdose.
  • More does not mean better.  Don’t take medicines longer or in higher doses than the label recommends.  If symptoms persist, it is time to see a doctor. 
  • Be very careful about dosage recommendations especially with children.  With liquid medications, it is best to use a measuring spoon or dosing cup. Do not use a kitchen spoon.
  • Avoid adverse drug interactions.  If you are currently taking any prescription or non-prescription medications, ask your pharmacist or health care provider for assistance in choosing non-prescription medications. If unavailable, contact the health professionals at the NJ Poison Control Center anytime day or night for fast, free, medical advice 1-800-222-1222 www.njpies.org



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