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Couple in ConvertibleIt's the time of year when trees and flowers are blooming, sending pollen spores out into the air. For a person with allergies, while the scenery is beautiful, breathing and functioning become difficult. It's easy to minimize these issues by taking allergy medicine. In fact, there are many over-the-counter or prescription medications to choose from. The only problem is that some of these medicines have side effects.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is starting to look further into this issue and is finding this to be a problem. A study at the University of Iowa asked allergy sufferers to drive a simulator after taking one of two popular allergy medications. They were also tested after drinking alcohol, or taking a placebo pill. They found people who took diphenhydramine (Benadryl) had less steering control and would stray out of their lane while driving the simulator. They also did not report feeling drowsy, when they clearly were.

Surprisingly, the people who had taken Benadryl were more impaired than they were when they were under the influence of alcohol. While most people would not think about getting behind the wheel of a car after having a few drinks, no one considers the harm of taking allergy medication and driving.

If you are an allergy sufferer and intend to drive, choose one that is non-drowsy, such as fexofenadine. Because one medication can make people react differently, always try the medication on a day when you don't need to drive to see how you react to it. And speak to your doctor or pharmacist about other medications you take to ensure they won't react with any of your other prescriptions.

Take precautions to make sure you are not impaired in any way when taking your allergy medication to ensure you and your family make it to your destination safely.
Stay safe on the road. Call Pro Player Insurance Group at (954) 316-4662 for more information on Fort Lauderdale auto insurance.
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