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Antipsychotics can affect your concentration, make you sleepy and/or blur your vision. These effects are strongest when you’ve just started taking antipsychotics or increased your dosage . In those periods, it is best not to get behind the wheel.

Is driving allowed when on antipsychotics?

Do concentration problems and sleepiness persist for a long time? Then also be cautious about getting back on the road and possibly talk to your therapist to see if you can switch to a different medicine that doesn’t have those side effects (as much).

External websites:

  • Medline Plus Information about specific medicines and patient leaflet
  • on info about driving and medication

Prof. dr. Jim van OsChair Division Neuroscience, Utrecht University Medical Centre. Jim is also Visiting Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. Jim works at the interface of ‘hard’ brain science, health services research, art and subjective experiences of people with ‘lived experience’ in mental healthcare. 

Jim has been appearing on the Thomson-Reuter Web of Science list of ‘most influential scientific minds of our time’ since 2014. In 2014 he published his book ‘Beyond DSM-5‘, and in 2016 the book ‘Good Mental Health Care’. 

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