Zoloft And Other Mental Health Meds

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PapaTaz's Comment
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So I got sent home after day one of school cause of the DOT physical. I take Zoloft for social anxiety. I can pass but only if i get my doctor to say yes i am fine under my medication to drive. Unable to reach him and get him to fax over everything plus I use the VA so going in monday getting the clearance then back to school. Just wanted to let others know IF you take any anti depressants, anxiety med, etc. get a letter from your doctor or shrink ahead of time.

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.

Michael J.'s Comment
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Thanks for the info.im to starting school monday.good luck and hang in there

PapaTaz's Comment
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Yeah funny thing is on Zoloft i might still be annoyed and a bit frustrated but doesn't really let me ever get angry. Without it I would of thru a fit but then again I would not be in this spot to start with lol.

Chad C.'s Comment
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I'm starting my training the 26th of May and I take zoloft for GAD. Did you tell them up front that you take Zoloft or did they test you for antidepressants as part of the physical? This makes NO sense to me, I've raced cars which demands highest level of concentration and focus and my medication has in no way affected me negatively otherwise I wouldn't be allowed on a track anywhere.

I guess I'll get myself to my doctors office and some paper work encase it's needed. I just wish they'd judge you on performance and not a particular medication taken.

Thanks for the heads up, and good on your return to school!

Jessica A-M's Comment
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It's not discrimination against someone who takes certain medications. It's the potential side effects, even the rarer ones. Just because you do (insert activity here) on your pills doesn't mean they can just apply that to their hiring. If you later wreck and didn't have proper clearance, their insurance can deny benefits, your insurance can deny benefits, and everyone is unhappy.

There are also a lot of considerations to take into account for putting someone with any sort of diagnosed health issues behind the wheel of a lethal vehicle in the wrong hands. Like the co pilot we just had that crashed a plane who was talking about suicide beforehand.

There may be more hoops but, I appreciate companies not putting people in a position to do damage if their medical history indicates they are likely to. Just make sure your medical stuff checks out before you go.

PapaTaz's Comment
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Yes i told them when i filled out the list of medication i was on as well as supplements. I didnt want to come back and bite me later. Then they asked why. They want to make sure my doctor can vouch that i am mentally stable enough and not turn my truck into a weapon. Makes sense after you think about it. They dont know me or the state of my condition. 1 week and half delay then back. Unless my doc thinks i am crazier then he leds me to be lol

Chad C.'s Comment
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I hear you, better safe than sorry. I'm going to see my doctor next week and obtain the proper paperwork encase it's needed. The only supps I take are a pre workout called Mega Watt on days I lift, aminos, and a multi vitamin. Well good luck to you, and thanks again for the info. Keep us posted.

Torque's Comment
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I hear you, better safe than sorry. I'm going to see my doctor next week and obtain the proper paperwork encase it's needed. The only supps I take are a pre workout called Mega Watt on days I lift, aminos, and a multi vitamin. Well good luck to you, and thanks again for the info. Keep us posted.

. Just went through this..... Dr signed off on me.....its all about not being knocked out on ur meds so u can still drive

Chad C.'s Comment
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Just went through this..... Dr signed off on me.....its all about not being knocked out on ur meds so u can still drive

Thank for jumping in with this. I kind of figured that was the case. Luckily it doesn't make me drousy or sluggish. I actually still have mild insomnia so it definitely doesn't make sleepy lol.

Daniel's Comment
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I do not take medication for PTSD from past events in my life (nearest VA is 400+mi+ from my home anyway).

You just have to find a way to cope without drugs. It's taken me years, but I manage every day. For example: I was crossing through a very dark railroad overpass on a 6mi hump to Wal-Mart earlier today. I found something to focus on (my girlfriend at home), and only briefly lost my cool.

I passed the DOT tests just fine, got my Medical card... And now am happily employed. America's so beautiful. I love it. Every day is something new!

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.

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