Sections 54-55 of the Danish Road Traffic Act provide that it is illegal to drive if the medicine you take affects your ability “to drive the vehicle in a completely safe manner”.
Or if you have taken a medicine affecting the ability to drive without having a prescription.
See “A Quick Guide to Sleeping Pills,” below, for more information on different sleep drugs.
One thing all these medications have in common: limited benefits.
Here’s what you need to know about the benefits and risks of the drugs, the situations when taking them makes the most sense, and how to use them safely.
Different types of sleep medications affect the brain and body in different ways.
Factors such as gender, age, weight and dose all play a part in how the medicine affects you.
Therefore never mix alcohol with a drug that affects the ability to drive.
Even one single glass of beer or wine increases the sedative effect significantly.
But they do so more selectively, which is thought to reduce some of the side effects, such as lingering grogginess and the risk of becoming dependent.
The newest type of prescription sleep drugs, ramelteon (Rozerem) and suvorexant (Belsomra), affects brain chemicals that regulate the sleep-wake cycle.