MRSM thank you for taking the time to answer my question. So basically, anyone taking any controlled prescript
ion for pain would be considered driving under the influence. Fortunately, I do not drive and my husband is great about
taking me places. It looks like many chronic pain patients - according to the laws in most states - should NOT be driving. I did call my doctor and he basically said the exact same thing you did. If you are involved in an accident, they can send a questionaire asking if you are on any meds. According to my doctor you can be found at fault and if he was asked about
it, he would testify that patients are warned about
driving and pain meds and the pharmacy gives each patient written warnings in the patient education material. He said it was not worth the risk. Some people drive and try and get away with it, but if an accident happens you could be sued.
Fentanyl Patches, Fentora, Dilaudid, Baclofen, Klonopin
Olivopontocerebellar atrophy (OPCA) - degeneration of neurons in specific areas of the brain – the cerebellum, pons, and inferior olives. Ataxia known as Machado-Joseph disease.
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