Is It Safe to Drive While Taking Stimulants?

Legal stimulants range from drugs like, Ritalin and Dexamphetamine, to more commonly used substances like caffeine and nicotine. So, what are the effects? Are they safe to use when driving? It really depends on a number of factors – the substance, the dosage, the person, and the way that the person reacts to the dosage.

People who have become accustomed to using stimulants may have an exaggerated perception of their ability to drive safely. Their responses and reactions could be very different from what they perceive them to be – they may have no idea that their driving skills have been adversely affected.

As a general rule of thumb, if you have been using stimulants, you should ensure that you have slept for several hours since your last use. Also, keep in mind that when you are “coming down,” you may experience changes in mood and exhaustion. Simply stated, if you have been using stimulants, the best course of action is to avoid driving. It may be safe for you to drive while using stimulants, but it is very important to follow your doctor’s orders and take the medication only as prescribed.


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