Drugs, Hypersomnia and Driving

Farmacos, Somnolencia y Conduccion

Drugs that produce somnolence (sleepiness) can affect driving and increase the risk of traffic accidents. This article, from a special issue on driving and somnolence, considers the role of the physician in reducing the risk of driving accidents when prescribing medications. The author notes that the origin of many accidents is a culmination of causes and there is little investigation concerning the effects of drugs on driving. The effect of the drugs themselves depends not only on the medication and the dosage, but also on the conditions of the patient, the form of administration, and the time at which the drug is taken. With the exception of psychotropic drugs, there is little information about the impact of drugs on sleep and wakefulness and still very few clinical trials on the action of different drugs on the ability to drive. The article includes a list of medications which may cause hypersomnia, sleep apneas, or restless legs syndrome. The author notes that alcohol interacts with sleep deprivation and other drugs to exacerbate somnolence and to reduce the capacity to drive. In addition, alcohol is a behavioral disinhibitor and impairs the ability judge speed, distances, etc. The author concludes that educational programs in which the risks and the causes of falling asleep at the wheel are described, are necessary for the information of doctors, the general public, and professional drivers.


  • Spanish

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 8p
  • Serial:
    • Vigilia-Sueno
    • Volume: 14
    • Issue Number: Suppl 1
    • Publisher: Fundacion Sueno-Vigilia
    • ISSN: 0092-0038

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01002988
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 19 2005 7:58AM