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Actress and Mom Lori Loughlin Raises Awareness About the Potential Dangers of Drowsy Driving During Allergy Season
Date:5/6/2008

"Clear to Drive" Campaign Urges Allergy Sufferers to Check Medicine Labels

for Drowsiness Warnings Before Getting Behind the Wheel

KENILWORTH, N.J., May 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Summer is fast approaching, bringing sunshine, vacation days, and trips to the beach. But the warmer weather also marks a peak in seasonal allergies and the beginning of a busy driving season. According to a recent survey, seven out of ten Americans believe they will spend some time driving this Memorial Day weekend.

This year, the makers of the non-drowsy allergy medication CLARITIN(R) are partnering with Lori Loughlin, a popular actress, mom and allergy sufferer, best known for her role as Rebecca Donaldson on the hit sitcom Full House. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of reading medicine labels, including allergy medicines, for warnings about drowsiness before they get behind the wheel.

Like many working moms, Lori spends hours each day shuttling her children to school, activities, and play-dates in the high-traffic Los Angeles area. It's especially important to Lori that she's focused behind the wheel with her most precious cargo in the back seat.

"As an allergy sufferer, I was surprised to learn that some over-the- counter medicines may cause drowsiness. In fact, the allergy medicine I used to take made me drowsy. I thought there was something wrong with me because I was so sleepy -- which was pretty dangerous considering all the driving I do with my kids," said Lori. "Then I discovered CLARITIN, which relieves my worst allergy symptoms for 24 hours without making me drowsy. When you spend as much time driving as I do, you need to be focused."

Lori is not alone -- in fact many drivers don't realize that some common over-the-counter medicines could cause drowsiness. According to a recent survey, four in 10 Americans (38%) report that there have been times when they were driving and realized that the medicine t
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