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Can you get a DUI if you're on legal medication?

Many drivers in Florida may also need to take prescription medication for one reason or another. What many of you may not know, however, is that you can actually face DUI-related charges and penalties for even over-the-counter (OTC) drugs if your abilities are impaired. Steven Wetter, P.A., will leave you with new information to consider when consuming prescription or OTC medications before driving.

The first fallacy to destroy is that you can't be charged with a DUI if you aren't on illegal drugs or if you haven't been drinking. You may not be aware, but the side-effects of certain medications can affect a person's ability to drive so strongly that they become a danger on the road. In situations like this, where you're swerving, speeding, or making poor traffic decisions, you may be arrested under suspicion of DUI. If a breathalyzer test comes back clean, you may be tested for drugs instead.

OTC medications like allergy pills, fever suppressants, or hay fever relievers are often the media's focus when it comes to prescription or OTC DUI cases. However, other prescription drugs that can result in someone getting charged with a DUI can include oxycodone, Valium, hydrocodone, Percocet, and more.

To read more about prescription drugs, OTC drugs, and what they might do to affect your driving ability, please take a look at our web page. We provide more information on types of drugs that can cause your driving safety to decrease, as well as the potential charges you may face by driving under the influence of prescription drugs.

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