Taking Pills Post-op

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tripletdad's Comment
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just thought of this, and searched for an answer but couldn't find a definite answer. I'm scheduled for a vasectomy soon. I'm told that I'll have a prescription for pain medivine after the surgery. I'm planning to start school in the next month, so I'm sure any medicine would still show up in my drug tests. are there any meds I should avoid or ask for a alternative, or will I be fine with whatever they give me as long as I have the prescription? I don't figure I'll be taking them for more than a few days.

Old School's Comment
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Triple T, I went through this when I first started. I had hernia surgery just before I started a trucking job. Just tell your doctor to give you a prescription that is not a narcotic. The narcotic drugs will probably cause you a delay. You will have to list on a form that the doctor gives you before your drug test, a list of medications that you are taking. As long as what shows up on your drug test is listed on that list then you are fine. Also, if you list a drug on that list you should bring the original bottle with the label on it that the medicine came in with you to the physical and drug test.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I haven't gone that route, but I've heard it's like a bad headache, only "down there".

Maybe you could avoid the pills and deal with it, or use Tylenol for the few days it hurts.

DAC:

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A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

>>--HuntinDoug-->'s Comment
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I called the medical person at Roehl directly to ask her about Tramadol & drug testing. I have been told both... that it is treated like a narcotic, and that it's not treated as a narcotic. So, I called them direct. They told me it is technically NOT a narcotic, and is not tested for, or treated as such. I would ask your doc to prescribe it instead of a narcotic. It works well.

Steve_HBG's Comment
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I haven't gone that route, but I've heard it's like a bad headache, only "down there".

Maybe you could avoid the pills and deal with it, or use Tylenol for the few days it hurts.

I know people who did that and lived to share their "bad headache" stories. Not fun or comfortable, and they avoided all concerns at the drug test.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Michael S.'s Comment
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TripletDad; I had a vasectomy in 1995 after my second child was born. I was prescribed Vicodin. It's a mix of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. The blend makes the hydrocodone work better. Hydrocodone is an opioid and can be flushed from your system 72 hours after you discontinue use. It goes by a bunch of brand names: Hycet, Lorcet, Lortab, Norco, Vicodin, Xodol, Zolvit. It's likely that one will be prescribed to you as it's the go to pain medicine if you're not allergic to its ingredients (acetaminophen is Tylenol). I took the stuff for two days, but discontinued it early because I found the side effects worse than the pain. Looking back, I'd have skipped it all together and just lived with the pain as I didn't feel that the Vicodin did anything to lessen it. To the contrary, it made me a lot more irritable than the pain. That, plus the other side effects, would have me recommend that you skip pain relief, or just use those without opioids in them.

Disclaimer: that it was no big pain thing for me does not mean it won't be for you. You should discuss this with your doctor, pharmacist, and school.

HOS:

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HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
SouthernJourneyman's Comment
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As long as you have a prescription you should be fine. When I had mine done I had to take 2 lortabs and a Valium pre-op. Only thing I took post op was Tylenol.

Only thing you have to wait something like 72 hours after taking narcotics before driving. So you should be fine with school being a month out. Your not gonna want to be bouncing in a truck that first week or so anyway.

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