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Medication Impact on Driving and Working

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,348
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Pain Medications
We all understand the impacts that various medications can have on our day to day lives. In a recent forum topic this discussion started to rise.
Its a very good topic and something that should be taken very serious. Know I already now in advance that there are going to be difference of opinions regarding this subject. What I am asking:

1- As always follow forum rules
2- Refrain from any singling out one member or another
3- Stay on course, keep the thread topics meanigful

This way all members can benefit from the posts that I am sure will be made
Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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  • I guess I will get it started.....I do not drive (if I can help it ) when I am on medication...it is just a personal preference.....but then again I do not drive all that much anyway because my ROM sucks. I guess this is the type of decision that only the person taking the meds can make along with what their doctor has to say. At the end of the day though people , all we can do is be careful and take care whenever we are behind the wheel whether we are medicated or not.
  • I noticed the post about narcotics while working/driving on the other thread, it was mentioned that the person could take Lyrica or such instead of the narcotics. I am here to tell you that it is safer to drive on narcotics than the Lyrica.

    Sharon
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,348
    It is very different among people.

    I felt like I could drive without any problems while using Oxycontin ER, but when I am using Oxycodone, not the same.

    With Zanaflex, I dont want to drive because I know my reflexes are slow.. When I was using Lyrica (until I hit too high a dosage), I had no problems driving.

    Back to testing and doctors.. I have to agree with Paul. I just can't see any doctor willing to risk their professions after providing a test to patient and letting them know it was ok to drive and that patient going out and having an accident.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • everybody's different! some people take low doses and get loopy and some can take a high dose and feel nothing it's different for everyone.
  • I'm with spin i would like to know what testing is performed and do you get a free pass if your in a accident. It is a felony to drive under the influence. What makes the difference of a person who goes out every evening and has a few drinks and becomes used to driving than a person who never drinks. There is no difference the blood alcohol level is the same all other factors being equal.

    If a truck driver is in a accident they must proceed to a mandatory drug testing site. Are they any different? Would you like your surgeon taking opiates and operating on you? Do you want to put your family in a boeing 727 knowing the pilot has a back condition and taking opiates? Do you think it is okay for the local police to be on a high speed chase under the influence? How about the paramedics or the fire department? Is it okay for the school bus drivers transporting your children? Everyone has the right to choose? I have the right to protect myself and i have the law on my side. I also have a right to society to protect those who can't protect themselves. So if you choose to put others at risk i choose to use the law.

    I want to know what doctor has signed a release statement saying it is okay and the specific test they are performing that releases one to stand above the law? The supreme court has ruled on this recently saying your employer has the right to terminate you even though you have a prescription for the use of these meds. If you owned your own business and waged everything you own on it would you knowingly assume the risk? I wouldn't.
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  • Ron stated a some very good facts. we are not here to judge people on what they do and what they do not do.
    Personally no not a good idea. its still in your system whether you feel the effects or not.
    Its still illegal and considered a DUI in many states. I personally do not want to put myself or anyone else in danger.
    I waited till I got home to take meds when in nursing school or working.

    So point of this whole post Ron made was not to judge anyone.
    If you choose to that is your own personal decision. If you also choose not to that is still your own personal decision.
    I will not judge anyone in their insight of what they think is right or wrong.

    I don't want to see this thread get out of hand.
    Facts were being stated that was all.
    Ron does a great job of keeping us all well informed about awesome info and applaude him for that.

    Everyone please take care and please just be very careful.
    Hugs
    Terri O:) >:D<
  • I used to drive a car that was glued to the road, traction control, 4 wheel turn sensitive ABS/etc, very safe, and even so would refrain at times with Oxycontin, it just got to me too much. With my current meds, honestly, they are totally transparent to me.

    I took a reflex test 2 weeks ago for drag racing; basically it times how long it takes you to floor the gas pedal after the lights turn green on the xmas tree thing, and my reflex was about 0.112 seconds average after 3 tries I believe, pretty darn quick. That's fully medicated. That being said, I am on the road every day, but with extreme caution. I am by far the LEAST dangerous thing out there, I have to look out for ME. Legally, there is some gray area there, and it turns a bit black and white if you rear end someone, but it terms of reality, my driving record speaks for itself. 8 years medicated, 15 years driving, zero accidents. If I have to use some extra soma however, then I stay put.

    If I had any advice to give it would be to NOT drive at all for at least a week or two when starting any new medicine until you know for sure you are A-OK. Most meds say 'use caution', because they know you will adjust and be ok. Some say 'DO NOT DRIVE', if you have one of those, you are definitely not in the gray area, and shouldn't drive. Everybody reacts differently; some of us NEED a driver, some of us don't. All of us that drive on our meds are probably breaking some law, but I'm guessing the necessity of food/shelter/money is the driving factor.(pun not intended)

    I'm not saying what I drive btw.
  • There IS NO Doctor, NO signed release statement, and NO Doctor specifically said it's OK to drive while taking narcotics.

    For whatever reason, Spinasaurus decided to spin my words and became very RUDE insisting I said what he/she stated (which I did not), and then posted SIX TIMES demanding I specify what test is done by Dr's to OK these things. Apparently I'm not supposed to leave SH or my computer because I'm supposed to answer posts immediately and if I don't then it justifies one taking up an entire thread by posting those multiple demands for response. And if that wasn't bad enough, they had to bring the argument here but rather than correctly tell everyone on THIS thread what it was I said as well as my response, they decided to tell THEIR VERSION of it and as you can see, it has created quite the stir over here too!

    It's obvious that Spineasaurus or however it's spelled is only after the thrill of the controversy rather than the actual truth to what I posted. What a shame...
  • ... all of those taking allergy medication, blood pressure medication, Motrin, you name it, should stay home and not drive or work.

    Read the warnings that come with 90% of the medications both prescribed and over the counter and it warns "may cause drowsiness". News flash ... drowsiness = impairment!

    So stay home and take a nap.

    I had a highschool friend lose half her face because someone decided to light a cigarette while driving. Not drink, not use, but light a cigarette! Nicotine's a drug, so I guess if you want to smoke, do it at home and don't drive until it's out of your system.

    Yes narcotics can impair a person and yes in many states there are laws that will allow a person to be arrested for DUI. Does this mean that a world wide campaign should be launched telling everyone "suffer horrible pain until you get home".

    Pain is distracting. Horrible pain is debilitating. Chronic pain when properly medicated can be survived.

    People in chronic pain have to work in order to live. Some have the luxury of working from home or having a spouse that can support them, many do not.

    This world is not perfect. Thank goodness!

    "C"
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,348
    more than some of the medications you are taking?
    I know for myself, when I have had a real bad chronic pain day, I would stay away from operating just about anything.
    I could not focus, the pain seemed to consume me, so I knew that there was no way I could get into a car and drive.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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