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I take Abilify and I definitely feel more comfortable driving than I used to. One of my OCDisms is that I am afraid of hitting pedestrians along the road (on sidewalks, etc.) Now instead of panicking that I've killed someone without even knowing it, I simply get a little uncomfortable occasionally when I see someone on the side of the road.

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I drive everyday - like Wooster, I understand enough about how my body reacts to the seroquel to know when it's safe and not safe.  I take my first dose of the day at 5pm - this is the extended release, so I feel safe to drive for about 1 to 1.5 hours hours after that.  It actually takes 3-4 hours to kick in properly for me, so I could probably push the driving period, but I choose not to.  By the time I take 100mg of the instant release, the XR has kicked in properly, and I don't go near a vehicle then.

 

eta Sorry, I didn't answer your original question.  My driving abilities during the day aren't affected at all - I can say that with confidence because I live in a big city with stressful driving conditions, and I'm still able to react and make fast and appropriate decisions on the road.

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I take Abilify, and I do believe that I drive better because I feel like Abilify sharpens my mind. I also drove on Risperdal and never had a problem. Honestly, I would be afraid to drive on Zyprexa (tried) or Seroquel (haven't tried) because of the sedation, but that has nothing to do with their being AAPs but rather with the fact that they are very sedating.

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I take Seroquel XR 800mg and I drive almost everyday, and often long journeys and am not affected.

 

Now when I was starting off on Seroquel, or having a dose change I was a bit sedated and waited until the sedation wore off before driving again.

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I take Zyprexa and drive all the time. The two in combination can make everything seem oddly surreal, but it's still a lot easier than driving while depressed. I can't take any medication that prevents me from driving because everyone in my house has medical conditions which might require me to be alert/operate a motor vehicle at any time of the day or night.

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