Trucking And Prescription ADHD Medication

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8&1/2's Comment
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Hello , I’m curious as to primes and other trucking companies look on ADHD medicine and what ones maybe disqualified from use.

I used to be on prescription Vyvanse for a good portion of my life however I’m no longer taking it and it isn’t currently on my current med cert however it did help me in the past and I was curious about if it’s possible to get back on it I know it is an amphetamine but I just want a cut and dry answer from someone who has been in my situation with mental health prescription drugs and trucking . I also take 2 other medications which I know are ok with prime I’m just waiting on some current drs notes in order to be approved by prime but if I’m able to truck with my full potential I feel it would be beneficial to be put back on my Vyvanse. Thanks 8&1/2

Travis's Comment
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Https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/faq/what-medications-disqualify-cmv-driver

Quoted from the above URL:

"A driver cannot take a controlled substance or prescription medication without a prescription from a licensed practitioner. If a driver uses a drug identified in 21 CFR 1308.11 (391.42(b)(12)) or any other substance such as amphetamine, a narcotic, or any other habit forming drug, The driver is medically unqualified.

There is an exception: the prescribing doctor can write that the driver is safe to be a commercial driver while taking the medication. In this case, the Medical Examiner may, but does not have to certify the driver.

Any anti-seizure medication used for the prevention of seizures is disqualifying.

The Medical Examiner has 2 ways to determine if any medication a driver uses will adversely affect safe operation of a CMV:

Review each medication - prescription, non-prescription and supplement Request a letter from the prescribing doctor Last Updated : September 18, 2017"

That's the legal aspect. Now will a company hire you? On that I have no idea nor experience. Others with more experience will know better & more

Hello , I’m curious as to primes and other trucking companies look on ADHD medicine and what ones maybe disqualified from use.

I used to be on prescription Vyvanse for a good portion of my life however I’m no longer taking it and it isn’t currently on my current med cert however it did help me in the past and I was curious about if it’s possible to get back on it I know it is an amphetamine but I just want a cut and dry answer from someone who has been in my situation with mental health prescription drugs and trucking . I also take 2 other medications which I know are ok with prime I’m just waiting on some current drs notes in order to be approved by prime but if I’m able to truck with my full potential I feel it would be beneficial to be put back on my Vyvanse. Thanks 8&1/2

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.
Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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Hello , I’m curious as to primes and other trucking companies look on ADHD medicine and what ones maybe disqualified from use.

I used to be on prescription Vyvanse for a good portion of my life however I’m no longer taking it and it isn’t currently on my current med cert however it did help me in the past and I was curious about if it’s possible to get back on it I know it is an amphetamine but I just want a cut and dry answer from someone who has been in my situation with mental health prescription drugs and trucking . I also take 2 other medications which I know are ok with prime I’m just waiting on some current drs notes in order to be approved by prime but if I’m able to truck with my full potential I feel it would be beneficial to be put back on my Vyvanse. Thanks 8&1/2

Howdy, 8.5 !!

Welcome to Trucking Truth, too!

Here's some great links & reads, for starters:

Prime tends to be one of the more 'particular' companies, regarding Rx's. Perhaps Kearsey will stop by and weigh in; I'm unable to find her post, right now.

You can possibly find a video, here: Truckin' Along w/Kearsey! as well.

Best wishes in your venture!

~ Anne ~

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.
8&1/2's Comment
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Thanks for the reply’s ladies and gents I appreciate the quick responses, I did look in some of the threads about Vyvanse and there wasn’t much of anything except post from a few years ago . Which really didn’t give me much info , I’m already in the process of drs notes etc due to my Mental Illness with trinity health which I must say is really picky and demanding since I already have given them a clearance letter that my dr signed off on but now they want notes I guess my main concern is it worth the hassle dealing with saying I think I’d like to go back on my Vyvanse and add more stuff to this or even maybe call trinity and talk about it ? And if I’m going back on Vyvanse I’d need to get an updated med cert I’m assuming . It’s not that I can’t drive without my Vyvanse safely for extended periods of time , it’s just it does give me a sense of mental clarity and focus And I feel it makes me a safer driver since I’m more alert . My buddy just got back from Roehl and is on an anxiety med and he told me to just get a clearance letter from my dr like he did and I should be fine . It seems like trinity is hard to deal with .

Travis's Comment
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If you don't need it you could always get in with a company, build a reputation then broach the subject. Might be easier to get them to agree if you're a known good employee. Obviously some companies may have no exception policies.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

GrayBeardinPA's Comment
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You might want to look at Strattera as an alternative.

Hello , I’m curious as to primes and other trucking companies look on ADHD medicine and what ones maybe disqualified from use.

I used to be on prescription Vyvanse for a good portion of my life however I’m no longer taking it and it isn’t currently on my current med cert however it did help me in the past and I was curious about if it’s possible to get back on it I know it is an amphetamine but I just want a cut and dry answer from someone who has been in my situation with mental health prescription drugs and trucking . I also take 2 other medications which I know are ok with prime I’m just waiting on some current drs notes in order to be approved by prime but if I’m able to truck with my full potential I feel it would be beneficial to be put back on my Vyvanse. Thanks 8&1/2

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