Do My Psychiatric Meds Disqualify Me From Attaining A CDL?

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Jordan J.'s Comment
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I have schizoaffective disorder and take Latuda, (anti-psychotic), lithium (mood stabilizer), and Trazodone (tetracyclic antidepressant that helps me sleep). I could probably live without the Trazodone, but I really need the other two to be healthy. Does that mean I can never attain a CDL?

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.
Jordan J.'s Comment
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Okay, so I think I asked the wrong question. I know the DOT drug screening won't detect any of these and I read somewhere that different companies have different rules about the medications one is allowed to take. So my revised question is, can I find a job as a truck driver while taking these medications?

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.

WILLIAM H.'s Comment
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Hi Jordan,

My best advice would be to declare all your meds when you go get your FedMed physical exam. The Traz is probably gonna get left at home, but not sure. Even Nyquil is illegal to carry in a truck! The doc can give you a ruling on the others. Instead of Traz, I use Benedryl with Melatonin to sleep; both are ok to carry and use together.

Hope this helps!

Bill in WI

Dm:

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.
KaTow's Comment
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Went for my physical Friday, but I'm "disqualified" until the Doc gets a letter back from my Psych saying meds won't interfere with driving. I take an MAOI anti-depressant, and lithium. I knew it would me an issue, but I don't belive it disqualifies me permanently.

I'm scheduled for my permit Tues, but don't know if I can take the test without the med card. Calling DMV first thing Mon, then my Psych!

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

LadyA's Comment
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Jordan J, Did they say you are okay to drive? What company are you going with?

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Jordan J, Did they say you are okay to drive? What company are you going with?

Hello LadyA...you found a very old thread and the OP probably wont respond. The truth is, most companies would take issue with one or all of those.meds. Trucking is a very chaotic lifetsyle without a schedule. forgetting to take some meds that could result in deadly losses will be frowned upon by companies.

i know for a cact my company will not accept Trazadone let alone the others. we are not allowed to take cold.meds other than Mucinex or comtrex, so prescriptions are few and far between.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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