Acceptable Medications For Drivers

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Teresa P.'s Comment
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Hey Everyone, well here is my Question.... I've had my CDL for awhile, but have not driven truck for a long while. I've been keeping my physical in a current status though, except for this last time. Anyways I've made the decision to get restraint through a company and I'm going to go get my DOT physical tomorrow. Well, my doctor now has me on 3 medications that don't make me drowsy, but the labels say, Can cause drowsiness& dizziness. I can take these right before I go to sleep, if need be. They are not Habit forming or a controlled substance. It's a anti-depressant . Will I pass my DOT physical? TAP

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.

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.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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The problem is DOT may accept the meds, but companies have their own policies. Every company has a different list. For example, I know Trazadone is not accepted at Prime. It is non habit forming, anti anxiety and used as a sleep aid. And as far as cold and allergy OTC, they tell us Mucinex and Comtrex only.

Usually Prime will tell people at orientation to go home change meds and come back in 30.days with documentation saying you are stable.

All companies will give you a physical when you get there.

whats the company?

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.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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The problem is DOT may accept the meds, but companies have their own policies. Every company has a different list. For example, I know Trazadone is not accepted at Prime. It is non habit forming, anti anxiety and used as a sleep aid. And as far as cold and allergy OTC, they tell us Mucinex and Comtrex only.

Usually Prime will tell people at orientation to go home change meds and come back in 30.days with documentation saying you are stable.

All companies will give you a physical when you get there.

whats the company?

What Rainy said, and, what are the meds?

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.

Teresa P.'s Comment
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Prime

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Mo UT or PA and what meds?

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Call Trinity Health Care. They are Prime's doctors office in the MO terminal.

417 521 3925

they might not give you answers though. "it depends on your history and we need to see the doctor" type of answer. i dont know.

If you are going to MO, i wouldnt bother with the DOT physical. It is a waste of money. Prime MO has you transfer your DL to MO and get a permit and DOT card there.

If going to SLC or PA, you do need the DOT card and permit before you go. But once there, the company will require another drug test and physical.

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.

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.

Teresa P.'s Comment
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Thank you Rainy. You saved me a lot of fustraition. Your the best and be safe out there in this Polar Vortex ! T

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Good luck and keep us posted!

I wanna meet you out here on the road.

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Rob T.'s Comment
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Teresa please keep us updated on how things work out.

Rainy says

I wanna meet you out here on the road.

I missed you by a couple days, I seen you were in southern MN. Missed old school by about 4 hours last week. Missed Susan by about a day up in Cedar Rapids. One of these days I'll run into one of you guys. Cant lie I keep an eye on TT Tracker throughout the day just to see if anyone is along my way back to des moines.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I'll be in Chicago Wednesday afternoon? to pick up a student. Who knows where the wind will blow us from there.

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