Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls
  1. Home
  2. Articles
  3. Is It Safe to Drive While Taking Antidepressants?

Is It Safe to Drive While Taking Antidepressants?

In the United States today, one in ten people take antidepressants. And 90% of Americans drive. That adds up to a whole lot of people on the road who are using anti-depressant medication. Is this safe? Well, in controlled tests, it has been found that the combination of antidepressant use and mental illness (i.e. depression), can lead to a decrease in driving ability.

This does not necessarily mean that you can’t drive while taking anti-depressants – the findings were that a combination of medication and depression could present problems. The tests did not identify how much loss of driving ability was due to depression, and how much was due to the medication used to treat it. Generally, driving after use of anti-depressant medication as prescribed doses is deemed to be safe.

Keep in mind that an antidepressant is very different from a sedative. Sedatives suppress impulses that go from the brain to the central nervous system. Medications like Zoloft or Paxil are actually SSRIs (serotonin reuptake inhibitors) that work to correct a chemical imbalance in the brain. Overall, it should be safe for you to drive while taking anti-depressants. But this can be affected by what type of anti-depressant you’re using, the dosage, and how the drug may interact with other substances you have used or ingested. If you have any concerns about any side effects that you are having or are feeling uncomfortable to drive due to your medication, we recommend that you consult a doctor before you hit the road.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P0359 OBD-II Trouble Code: Ignition Coil I Primary/Secondary Circuit Malfunction
P0359 code definition The P0359 code indicates that a fault has been detected in one of the vehicle’s ignition coils, generally the number 9 coil. This code can also be associated...

Related questions

Q: Q: How do I release the parking brake?

Releasing the parking brake is very easy. With your right foot, depress the standard braking pedal. While the pedal is depressed, use your left foot to depress the parking brake pedal fully, at which point it will release.

Q: How can I improve airbag safety?

Airbags are vital safety features that can reduce injury and potentially save your life if you are in an accident. There are a few things that you can do to ensure that the airbag does its job properly if it...

Q: Can I Drive Without Any Mirrors If It’s an Emergency?

If the judge’s daughter is in labor and you are rushing her to the hospital then, yes, you can! But otherwise, you might get a ticket. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards state that you should have an interior mounted mirror...