Antidepressants and driving
Some antidepressants make you drowsy, dizzy or less alert, and if you’re affected this way, it can make driving or operating machinery unsafe. Wait to see how the medicine affects you before you drive or use machinery.
Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), mianserin (Lumin, Tolvon) and mirtazapine (Avanza, Axit, Mirtazon, Remeron) are more likely to affect your ability to drive than are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). See Antidepressants A–Z for the individual medicines in these groups.
Antidepressants that cause drowsiness are best taken at night — ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about your medicine, or check the consumer medicine information (CMI) for your medicine.
Read more about medicines, machinery and driving.
- Side effects of different antidepressants
- What is serotonin syndrome?
- Antidepressants and suicide risk
- Antidepressants, pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Treatment for depression
- Medicines for depression: antidepressants
- Managing side effects of antidepressants
- Antidepressants A – Z