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diphenhydramine and driving

2022-05-02 17:16:19.324038+02 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Annals of Internal Medicine: Effects of fexofenadine, diphenhydramine, and alcohol on driving performance. A randomized, placebo-controlled trial in the Iowa driving simulator

Conclusions: Participants had similar performance when treated with fexofenadine or placebo. After alcohol use, participants performed the primary task well but not the secondary tasks; as a result, overall driving performance was poorer. After participants took diphenhydramine, driving performance was poorest, indicating that diphenhydramine had a greater impact on driving than alcohol did. Drowsiness ratings were not a good predictor of impairment, suggesting that drivers cannot use drowsiness to indicate when they should not drive.

doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-132-5-200003070-00004

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#Comment Re: diphenhydramine and driving made: 2022-05-05 03:02:28.960324+02 by: meuon

198x something. I was sick, taking benedryl and zoned out through a red light driving to work. T-boned a car. Totalled both. No one seriously hurt luckily. Since then, I try hard to just stay home when sick, especially on such drugs.

Hell, at my current state, driving without coffee is dangerous.

#Comment Re: diphenhydramine and driving made: 2022-05-05 21:17:50.045578+02 by: Dan Lyke

I mean, driving is dangerous...

But yeah.

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