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Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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DOT physical and prior use of prescription medication

Oops, I thought the first link was something else. I've read a good amount of those but not all of them. Will do. Sorry for double posting.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Clem, You make a valid point...

We are here to help you set realistic expectations and develop a base of truthful knowledge before you commit.

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I've read all the links on the first page but have not read any of the second. Looks like a fantastic resource. Thank you for pointing it out, and thanks for writing it! I will get on it.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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DOT physical and prior use of prescription medication

Thank you guys. I know how it sounded but I was really just trying to know what I should prepare for. I think that's a fair concern.

Get that out of your head. This is one of the strangest and most unique industries on the planet. You cannot be sure about anything until you get out here. Every one of my students said the same thing "This is so much harder than I ever expected".

One friend couldnt deal with making all of the decisions. Another couldnt deal with harsh winters and trekking snowy truck stops to use the restroom at 3 am. Most cant deal with the isolation and being away from home and family.

good luck

Of course I cannot be sure. But I bet when you first applied you probably thought you would enjoy the job. Otherwise why did you apply? Of all the people on this forum who love the lifestyle and have had great success, I am willing to wager that the majority of them were thinking "I could probably do this" before they applied. Of course, all the people who *didn't* make it also thought the same thing. Anyway, I have good reasons for believing I can do well in trucking, but you don't know what those reasons are.

Maybe after I make it through training I'll be given the benefit of the doubt. Thank you all again for your help. I've been lurking and reading a lot of your stories and you're all a super friendly bunch. Hope I can join the family soon.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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DOT physical and prior use of prescription medication

Don't lie. About anything.

Okay. But can you answer my first question then? If I am honest will they require me to get re-evaluated based on the fact that I didn't get explicit permission from my old doctor to go off the meds? That's really the only thing I'm worried about because it would be such a hassle. And an expensive one.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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In your first sentence, you wrote that you have a history of depression. Two paragraphs later, you wonder if you should disclose it on the DOT physical?

The background investigation that many companies invest a great deal of money towards may find out about your past in due time. That would get you sent home quickly. Not prying, but what is your status since you stopped taking the prescribed medicine? If you have been functional without them, I would think it was a bad diagnosis, but I’m not an MD.

First let me be clear I am not intending to game the system or "get away" with anything. But at the end of the day, I am 99.99% sure that I would love OTR trucking, and it would be a darn shame if I didn't get my chance at it just because I took SSRI's for a couple months years ago.

My status since not stopping the medication: just fine. I am no longer depressed. The bouts of depression that I have dealt with were largely due to situational factors, and I have not been in that situation for a long time.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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I have a history of depression. 15 years ago I was prescribed antidepressants for the first time, I took them for a few months, and then stopped on my own accord and stopped going to the doctor without informing them. Five years ago I did the same thing, with a different doctor.

My question is, if I disclose this to the DOT examiner, will they require documentation from a psychiatrist stating that I no longer need the medication? In other words, since technically I stopped taking the medication without my doctor's approval (because I just stopped going in) will I have to go to a doctor to get an evaluation and a statement saying I am no longer depressed/no longer need medicine?

My other question is, can they somehow search my medical history to find out that I was prescribed this medication? Meaning if I check "no" on question 14 (have you had a history of depression) could they be like "well I see here that you've been prescribed SSRI's in the past so what's that about?" I don't think they can do this, but I saw a comment on this forum from someone who said there's a big database they can punch my SSN into and see everything I've ever been on. Is that true?

I've never been on any medications that are on the no-fly list. My concern is only that I do not want to go through the process of getting (and paying for) an evaluation, but I also don't want to get caught "hiding" something.

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