The impact of antidepressants on traffic safety is presently unknown. According to laboratory tests antidepressants can have both beneficial and untoward effects on skills required for driving. Studies in healthy volunteers and patients suggest that antidepressants free of sedative effects should be used in active outpatients. Successful treatment of depression probably reduces the accident risk of a depressed driver. An interaction between antidepressants and alcohol as well as the effect of untreated depression may be more important for traffic safety than drug effects alone.

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    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

    Headington Hill Hall
    Oxford OX30BW,    
  • Authors:
    • SEPPALA, T
  • Publication Date: 1985-8

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  • Accession Number: 00451867
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-039 142
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 31 1985 12:00AM