When we drive frequently, the skills required seem to come second nature and we may not realize how much the slightest impairment can truly affect our ability to drive safely. When taking medications, there is always a risk that it could affect your driving. When taking a new medication whether it is a prescription or over the counter, here are some things to consider before hopping behind the wheel.
Proton Pump Inhibitors, or PPIs, reduce stomach acid by blocking the enzyme that produces the acid. PPIs are used to help prevent heartburn, stomach ulcers, and other issue caused by excess stomach acid. Some PPIs are prescription only but some are available over the counter. A 2016 study has shown that long term use of PPIs has been linked to chronic kidney disease, as well as other side effects, some of which could be deadly.