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Drowsy driving warnings

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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"Warnings about medications that cause drowsiness should be made much stronger," a telephone survey for the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety concludes. Partially funded by Schering- Plough, the survey report, released May 7, says 52% of those surveyed are "very aware" that "drowsiness in driving might be caused by people who are taking medications which may make them nod off when they are driving,"; 85% "believe it is important that people who take such [drowsiness-causing] medications should be warned specifically not to drive a car after taking them or should take other medications which help then for their condition but do not cause drowsiness." The report adds: "Obviously, if there are medications which help a condition and do not cause drowsiness, people want very much to know about them." Schering markets Claritin (loratadine), an Rx non-sedating antihistamine...

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