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Antidepressants Could Impair Your Driving

PASCO, Wash.- Millions of Americans take antidepressants, but a new study shows that is making the roads more dangerous.

About 190 million antidepressant prescriptions were written last year, and with one, the drugs are totally legal, but a new study shows you need to think twice before you step behind the wheel.

The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry says about seven of every ten people who take the drugs have impaired driving ability due to the drugs.

They slow down reaction times and often leave users drowsy, that's why pharmacists warn people to know how the drug affects them.

"We tell them, you know this is real individualized in terms of the side effects. Some people they take it, then a couple hours later all their gonna want to do is sleep. In those cases we suggest that they take it at bed time. Other people they'll take it and they'll be wired," said Randy Johnson, a Pasco Pharmacist.

The most startling part of the study, about 16 percent of people who take the drugs had severe motor impairments after taking the drugs.

Most of the side effects seemed to wear off after about three hours.