Seniors, RX Drugs & Driving: A Potential Safety Risk

September 25, 2012 7:00 AM

Seniors, RX Drugs & Driving: A Potential Safety Risk

" Every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65. More than 80 percent of drivers 65 and older regularly take medication—two-thirds take five or more daily. Yet only half have talked with a medical professional about the possible safety issues related to driving.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety warns that the risks of drug interaction and side effects affecting driving ability is a growing problem not only for older drivers but for anyone who has to take medication and needs to drive.

According to Jake Nelson, Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research for AAA, “As we get older, we’re more likely to need to take a greater number of medications, which presents an opportunity for problems to occur.”

Many seniors have no idea that medications they take regularly could pose a risk when driving.

Diovan, for example, is a commonly prescribed blood pressure medication "

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