Impact of Sedating Antihistamines on Safety and Productivity
Authors: Kay, Gary G.; Quig, Mary Elizabeth
Source: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings, Volume 22, Number 5, September-October 2001 , pp. 281-283(3)
Publisher: OceanSide Publications, Inc
Abstract:The use of sedating antihistamines by allergy sufferers remains common, and physicians continue to prescribe these older antihistamines with great frequency. Precautionary statements warning of possible drowsiness and the need for caution when driving or operating machinery, which are required for sedating antihistamines, don't appear to be having much impact. Sedating antihistamines are frequently found to be a causal factor in fatal traffic accidents and are the leading medication found on autopsy of pilots who have crashed their aircraft. Patients taking sedating antihistamines frequently don't feel sleepy, yet they have difficulty staying awake and their brain functioning is impaired. The impact on safety is found in the increased risk of traumatic work-related injuries, driving accidents, and aviation fatalities. The cognitive and psychomotor deficits translate into losses in worker productivity and student learning.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 2001
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