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Alcohol-based offenses are not the only reason you can be convicted for DUI. Driving under the influence of cannabis, or common prescription drugs that can impair your abilities, may also be considered a DUI offense, or result in similar penalties.
There are many different kinds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs that can impair driving and general motor skills. If you’re unsure, consult your doctor and/or pharmacist as they will be able to tell you both side effects and possible negative interactions with other medications you are taking.
Here are some of the most common prescription drugs that impair driving:
These side effects are important to be aware of, but you should also verify if any new medication you’re taking will interact with other medications or alcohol. Be sure to talk to your doctor or pharmacists for more information.
As a reminder, even a valid prescription won’t prevent you from getting a DUI, if you’re pulled over while under the influence of any of these or other drugs.
Many of these drugs are not meant to be paired with alcohol, and using both alcohol and prescription drugs can result in a severely impaired state. Some prescription drugs, for example, make you feel the effects of alcohol much sooner. Thus, if you are normally able to drive after one or two drinks, you should not if you are taking any prescriptions.
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