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Scott S.'s Comment
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I need some advice. .. I have been turned down by 2 schools because of 2 medications. The first one was because of a sleeping pill that i had not used for 3 months prior to school and the other is an antidepressant I have and currently have been on for 5 years. This medication has worked wonders for me! No depression or anxiety since I began using it! Are there any ways to appeal medicals decision? By the way, I am a RN looking for a new career. Thank you for any advice!

classA's Comment
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I need some advice. .. I have been turned down by 2 schools because of 2 medications. The first one was because of a sleeping pill that i had not used for 3 months prior to school and the other is an antidepressant I have and currently have been on for 5 years. This medication has worked wonders for me! No depression or anxiety since I began using it! Are there any ways to appeal medicals decision? By the way, I am a RN looking for a new career. Thank you for any advice!

Scott,

Medical clearance is something that is mandated per DOT regulations with all companies. Have you attempted to work with your medication subscription provider on the issue? Maybe there is an alternative medication.

classARod

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Scott S.'s Comment
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Hi Rod, I honestly haven't tried. I just know from my medical background that the has worked SO well for me. No sleepiness, hyper excitement, etc. I just know if I miss 4 or 5 days of it my brain just gets into a "doom and gloom" mode. I guess I was just curious if a company doctor won't give medical clearance, is there any type of appeal? I have been thru about 20 antidepressants and this has been my lifesaver! I DO have an appointment with my doctor on Tuesday and i will ask her again if she has any suggestions. Thank you for your help!

OldRookie's Comment
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I need some advice. .. I have been turned down by 2 schools because of 2 medications. The first one was because of a sleeping pill that i had not used for 3 months prior to school and the other is an antidepressant I have and currently have been on for 5 years. This medication has worked wonders for me! No depression or anxiety since I began using it! Are there any ways to appeal medicals decision? By the way, I am a RN looking for a new career. Thank you for any advice!

This link outlines what you are looking for http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/faq/what-medications-disqualify-cmv-driver.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Scott S.'s Comment
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Thank you for that! Im guessing it is just company policy that blacklists my med.

Errol V.'s Comment
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So Ott, this is an answer from the Truck Driver's DOT Physical & Medical Certification Wiki:

Will I fail a DOT physical if I am taking prescription medication?

No, or not necessarily. Certain prescription medications, namely opiates or amphetamines, would disqualify you from driving a commercial vehicle. Many prescription medications will be acceptable with a doctor's affidavit that you are safe to drive while taking it, but every company has different rules on what meds are acceptable.

Get back to your prescribing doctor, ask for that note.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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