My ex-wife has been taking Xanex for anxiety and panic attacks. Now I have discovered that she has also been driving our 8 year old daughter around in her car while under the influence of this drug! It has been my understanding that one should not operate any type of vehicle or machinery while taking Xanex. Is that not true?
Is it OK to drive when taking Xanex?
Question posted by BMSoto on 11 March 2011
Last updated on 12 March 2011
How long has she been taking Xanax? What's her dosage? I have taken it for sleep at 3mg a night. I certainly would not take this dose & drive myself let alone someone else. I can take .5mg for anxiety, and it just calms me down with no side effect of sleepiness. I would venture to say it depends on the doseage & when she takes it. Hopefully you have a good enough repore with her to discuss this matter sensibly, & get the ansers you need to calm you mind about your daughters safety. Good luck...
Totally agree with caringsonbj, the first two days after taking Klonopin, I didn't drive (however probably would have been fine, as I remember, it really was the SSRI's that made me feel more "off" vs. the benzo's). After that, I felt fine and sharp (better than before cause I was less irritable and also made me feel like I was in less of a hurry, thus less speeding, cutting off, anger, and really, less regular Chicago driving). At this point, I only feel the drug when isn't working. I hope that this helps answer your question.
whenever anyone starts a new medication that is prescribed for such things as allergy, antihistamines, pain medication, tranquilizers, anxiety medications, medication for depression and some others with possible effects of drowsiness often times there will be a warning on the label that in fact says until you take this medication for a time and you know how this affects you then you should not drive a car or use any dangerous machinery until your body has time to adjust to any unusual side effects, if she has just started this medication then caution should be used however if she has been using this medication then she should know whether she can drive and make the reaction time that it takes to safely operate a motor vehicle. if there are concerns past the inital time then it should be directed towards the pharmacist or the prescribing physician,
The tone of your question suggests your ex-wife has been taking xanax for a period of time. The warning you cite refers to having a clear knowledge of what effect a medication may have on you before undertaking activities that might endanger one's (or your daughter's) safety. Xanax certainly can hamper alertness, so I appreciate your concern but don't think you have ground to stand on legally to forbid the practice. My heart goes out to you... I've been in the same place you find yourself!
Without knowing how it affects her, there is no blanket answer to your question. Some people become sleepy while taking Xanax, others do not. Without knowing how much she is taking and how often, I can't say for sure, but I venture to say that she and your daughter are fine. Best to come right out and ask her, how does the medication affect her?
The precaution actually reads, do not operate a vehicle or heavy machinery until you know how this medication affects you. It is probably reducing her anxiety and panic attacks without jeparodizing her ability to function.
Hope this helps,
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