Flu codeine such as cough syrup can make you tired
Cough syrup and other medicines for flu can limit the ability of drivers to react, as they cause tiredness after a while. As the Automobile Club Kraftfahrer-Schutz (KS) advises, drivers should not drive a car after taking the medication.
Certain medications contain caffeine, which stimulates the circulatory system, and its effects diminish after a short time. Because cough syrups contain the cough suppressant "codeine", symptoms such as tiredness and restricted attention are triggered. Some flu agents also contain this effective substance.
Drivers bear full responsibility after an accident involving medication The club therefore advises patients "to study the package insert carefully or to ask the doctor or pharmacist about the side effects". It is important to find out whether the prescribed medicine can possibly impair the fitness to drive. Accidents often occur due to drug interactions or side effects. According to the automobile club, "full responsibility" is attributed to anyone who causes an accident in road traffic under the influence of medication. This applies similarly as if a driver drove under the influence of alcohol.
Experts believe that around 3.3 percent of all accidents are caused by the influence of drugs. The EU has therefore been planning to implement level labeling for a long time. (sb)
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