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Lawrence K.'s Comment
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Does anyone know if Nuvigil (armodafinil) cause a DOT drug test to fail and thus disqualifying me from driving with my CDL?

My doctor and I already have some information from the FMSCA, but we don't know if it would cause a test failure.

Thank you for considering this.

Lawrence

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.

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.
Brian 's Comment
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I don't know what the drug is used for, but if your Dr prescribed it for you.....then it shouldn't be an issue.

Chris D.'s Comment
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Not necessarily true Brian, a doctor can prescribe you pain killers and you will fail the drug test. This stuff that he is taking is supposed to not make you feel tired during the daytime when you are working.

Like everyone says on here check with a certified DOT doctor!

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.

Brian 's Comment
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True, but if you have a prescription for the drug, it is not illegal and would not be considered a failed test.

I spent 8 years managing with Home Depot and hired thousands of people.....drug testing all.....if a test came back positive for a prescribed drug, it was not a disqualification as long as the prescription was valid. The testing facility would have a doctor call the employee and verify the information.

But I agree fully with talking to Dr that is on the national FMCSA registry for confirmation if the drug is allowed to be used while operating a cmv.

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

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.
Earnest G.'s Comment
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There are more women who are licensed than men indicating that gender is not an issue in terms of driving. Some experts states that drivers license shift will have significant influences on safety technology and economics. Are you currently looking to buy or sell a new or used van? If this sounds like you, have a look at Gus Johnson cars.

mountain girl's Comment
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There are more women who are licensed than men indicating that gender is not an issue in terms of driving. Some experts states that drivers license shift will have significant influences on safety technology and economics. Are you currently looking to buy or sell a new or used van? If this sounds like you, have a look at Gus Johnson cars.

-Earnest

Dude, what's this have to do with a thread on drug testing?

-mountain girl

mountain girl's Comment
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Generally, prescription medications prescribed specifically to the applicant, for the purpose of the drug's labeled use, in and of itself will not cause a drug test failure. However, just because it's a prescription, does not mean you're free and clear. The class and nature of the drug may disqualify a candidate, i.e., in the case of a narcotic pain-killer. You probably won't "fail" a drug test, per se, rather your test will raise questions. You'll need a note from the doc, on his letter-head, detailing the medication and that you have no adverse side-effects, and that the drug will in no way interfere with your performance behind the wheel. Bring the prescription with you to your physical and enter it on your urinalysis form. Be very upfront.

Here's the second part of the equation, in your case, though. I'm assuming that you're on this drug for the on-label use of treating certain aspects of sleep apnea. That in and of itself will not disqualify you but it will trigger further investigation of your health related to sleep apnea. Again, sleep apnea is not something that will disqualify you on its own, either, as long as you can prove that you're either sleeping with a C-PAP machine effectively or that you can pass a sleep study, or that you and your physician are effectively treating it, etc., because sleep apnea is a big issue with drivers in relation to driver safety and alertness (which I understand is what the medication is for).

To answer your question directly, almost all drugs of any kind these days are showing up on drug tests because all they have to do is test for the by-product of any drug that winds up in your urine. Your legal use of them, their purpose, and everything else that goes along with that medication are taken into account. You'll have a lot of red tape on this and I can't predict whether or not you'll pass everything but it's probably not an automatic fail and probably worth investigating further, with a DOT doc.

You should let us know what you find out, too. Good luck!

-mountain girl

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.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Phil C.'s Comment
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Does anyone know if Nuvigil (armodafinil) cause a DOT drug test to fail and thus disqualifying me from driving with my CDL?

My doctor and I already have some information from the FMSCA, but we don't know if it would cause a test failure.

Thank you for considering this.

Lawrence

if you cant find it here: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?rgn=div5&node=21:9.0.1.1.9

or here: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/21cfr/cfr/1308/1308_11.htm

Then you are probably ok if using it as prescribed. As with any drug test I have taken, they don't want to know what you are on unless it turns up, then they will contact you and that's when you can provide prescription information. As long as you are taking it as prescribed and it doesn't cause drowsiness etc you shouldn't have a problem. I didn't find any information one way or the other about that specific drug, so I would assume its ok.

Phil

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.

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.
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