Cough syrup may lead to a DUI charge

On Behalf of | Apr 24, 2020 | Drunk Driving |

A DUI stop and arrest is stressful, particularly when you did not indulge in alcohol. While cough medicine is legal, you may want to think about the side effects of cold medicine before you get behind the wheel. Some of the side effects may mimic the side effects of alcohol intoxication.

Mayoclinic explains the side effects of cough syrup.

Side effects of cough syrup

Cough syrup can cause unwanted side effects that resemble that of intoxication due to alcohol. These side effects may include:

  • Mild drowsiness
  • Mild dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Nausea

While many side effects will wear off over time, they can result in problems behind the wheel. More serious side effects, particularly of a cough syrup overdose include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Slowed breathing
  • Unusual nervousness and excitement

While some side effects require medical attention, many side effects do not.

Drug interactions of cough syrup

There are some medications that you should never use together. Others, may have interactions that lead to different side effects. It is important to talk with your doctor if you are on any medications so that you know the effect it may have on your body and your medication.

Drunk driving penalties have a negative impact on your life. If you drive for a living, then it can affect your employment. It can also affect your ability to travel to and from work or school. It can even raise the costs of your insurance! Because of the consequences, most people choose to fight a drunk driving charge. There is more information about drunk driving on our web page.


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