Car accidents linked to psychotropic meds

Taiwanese researchers compared the medical records of 5183 people involved in motor vehicle accidents to 31,093 not in any accidents.

Patients taking antidepressants, including SSRIs and tricyclics, for a month were 73% more
likely to be in a car accident than those not on these agents. Even taking antidepressants for a day elevated risk.

People taking Z-class drugs and benzodiazepines were also more likely to be in a car crash but patients on antipsychotics had no increased risk.

The authors said that the