Prescriptions And Refills

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Charlie T.'s Comment
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I hope this question isn't too silly and would appreciate any information you can provide. I am still deciding on a career in trucking. I reside in Maryland and if accepted I would be doing my paid CDL training in Montana. I take several prescribed medications for high blood pressure and cholesterol which are well maintained. My question is: how does one receive his refills if you are an OTR trucker and away from home for months in training and then going solo. Do you have it mailed to the terminal or is there something I am missing. Any help from anyone who is taking prescription meds would be greatly appreciated. I would hate to not to be able to pursue this career choice if there is an answer to my problem. Thanks for any info and like I wrote earlier I hope this question isn't too ridiculous but as I found while reading posts everyone provides friendly and helpful advice.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I hope this question isn't too silly and would appreciate any information you can provide. I am still deciding on a career in trucking. I reside in Maryland and if accepted I would be doing my paid CDL training in Montana. I take several prescribed medications for high blood pressure and cholesterol which are well maintained. My question is: how does one receive his refills if you are an OTR trucker and away from home for months in training and then going solo. Do you have it mailed to the terminal or is there something I am missing. Any help from anyone who is taking prescription meds would be greatly appreciated. I would hate to not to be able to pursue this career choice if there is an answer to my problem. Thanks for any info and like I wrote earlier I hope this question isn't too ridiculous but as I found while reading posts everyone provides friendly and helpful advice.

walmart. i got my pills all ober the country. just have a doctor call it in.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Pianoman's Comment
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I have diabetes and would have to get my insulin sometimes while I was still halfway across the country from home. I've always had my prescriptions filled at Walgreens, so I'd just call a Walgreens in whatever area I was going to be in and had them transfer the prescription from my Walgreens at home. If I was in an area that didn't have any Walgreens locations but there were CVS pharmacies instead, I'd call the CVS I was close to and have them transfer the prescription from my home Walgreens.

It was always really easy and convenient to get my medication on the road. I'd usually just find a Walgreens or CVS that was really close to a truck stop. That way I could drop my trailer, bobtail over to the store to get my medication, then go right back to the truckstop and hook back up all in less than 30 minutes. Of course, like Susan said, Walmart is another alternative and way easier to get to for trucks.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Big T's Comment
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As the others have mentioned you can usually have your prescriptions transferred to a pharmacy in the area. If you can afford it you may also ask to get extra. I keep 90 days worth on the truck.

Susan D. 's Comment
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My sweetie uses Walgreens as well as keeping a couple months worth with him. Doesn't have too much of a problem at all.

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