What are the precautions against driving for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Himanshu Wickramasinghe, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Immediately warn patients at highest risk of the potential dangers of driving while sleepy—specifically, of the potential personal and social risk. Provide additional counseling depending on other risk factors (eg, occupation). Advise patients to not drive until their OSA is treated adequately. Provide additional counseling to family members as appropriate, and help patients explore alternatives to driving if they are unaware of their sleepiness or if they are unwilling to acknowledge their increased risk.


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