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    Master FMCSA Interpreter GasHauler's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocknroll nik View Post
    it is also left up to your Dr. but if you are on a narcotic substance and involved in an accident you can bet your bippee that your company will sell you out
    You got that right. It's so important to find a doctor that knows the FMCSA rules so he or she can give you the right meds. You can bet that any drug that has a warning for driving a civil lawyer is going to use that to place blame on you for any accident. You may not get a ticket but you may be tied up in civil court for along time and your driving career may come to an end.



    I would be up front with the doctor and the company and make sure they know exactly what you're taking. Some of these drivers think it's ok to take Lortab or any synthetic opiate just because they take it at night or when they turn in but they are asking for real trouble. There's many medications that I wouldn't touch if I was still driving and I sure would work with the doctor to find a substitute because I wouldn't want any liability put on me just because I took some unknowable persons word.

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    For what it's worth, I do have mild depression and was told to contact DOT to make sure my meds wouldn't be an issue. According to them the ONLY medication that will make them pull your CDL is if you take METHADONE. All others are up to the company and prescribing doctor/company doctor.


    The following was taken from the fmcsa website under the medical examiners form (http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/s...cal-Report.pdf)

    Drug Use
    §391.41(b)(12)
    A person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle if that
    person:


    Does not use a controlled substance identified in
    21 CFR 1308.II.
    Schedule I, an amphetamine, a narcotic, or any other habit-forming drug.
    Exception: A driver may use such a substance or drug, if the substance or
    drug is prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner who is familiar with
    the driver's medical history and assigned duties; and has advised the
    driver that the prescribed substance or drug will not adversely affect the
    driver's ability to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle.
    This exception does not apply to methadone. The intent of the medical
    certification process is to medically evaluate a driver to ensure that the
    driver has no medical condition which interferes with the safe performance
    of driving tasks on a public road. If a driver uses a Schedule I drug or
    other substance, an amphetamine, a narcotic, or any other habit-forming
    drug, it may be cause for the driver to be found medically unqualified.
    Motor carriers are encouraged to obtain a practitioner's written statement
    about the effects on transportation safety of the use of a particular drug.
    A test for controlled substances is not required as part of this biennial
    certification process. The FMCSA or the driver's employer should be
    contacted directly for information on controlled substances and alcohol
    testing under Part 382 of the FMCSRs.
    The term "uses" is designed to encompass instances of prohibited drug
    use determined by a physician through established medical means. This
    may or may not involve body fluid testing. If body fluid testing takes place,
    positive test results should be confirmed by a second test of greater
    specificity. The term "habit-forming" is intended to include any drug or
    medication generally recognized as capable of becoming habitual, and
    which may impair the user's ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle
    safely.
    The driver is medically unqualified for the duration of the prohibited
    drug(s) use and until a second examination shows the driver is free from
    the prohibited drug(s) use. Recertification may involve a substance abuse
    evaluation, the successful completion of a drug rehabilitation program, and
    a negative drug test result. Additionally, given that the certification period
    is normally two years, the examiner has the option to certify for a period of
    less than 2 years if this examiner determines more frequent monitoring is
    required.
    (See Conference on Neurological Disorders and Commercial Drivers and

    Conference on Psychiatric Disorders and Commercial


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    Quote Originally Posted by IROCUBabe View Post
    This is a no brainer. Tell your doctor you drive a semi. Ask your doctor if the drug will interfere with your driving, if the doctor says yes, guess what, you are now uneligible to drive a truck until a) the doctor says you can b) you are not on the drug or c) the doctor gives another med.
    I think you missed the point...

    You do relize too, that not all doctors have the same opinion? My doctor could say NO this will not be an issue with your driving, But you're doctor could say YES it is an issue.

    I could go on but i think it's best not too...





    Anyways thank you for all the discussion, although i was only looking for a yes there is or no there is not answer.
    Last edited by truedetailer; 10.20.2010 at 02.17 PM.

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    Yes but that is SORT of the point. You can shop doctors, people do it all the time, in fact those urgent care centers and those clinics near the truck stops that do dot health checks, will usually pass you everytime.

    Most docs will NOT however give you a pass on a narcotic, because if you get into an accident while on them, they can be sued just as quickly as you can if they signed off on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IROCUBabe View Post
    Yes but that is SORT of the point. You can shop doctors, people do it all the time, in fact those urgent care centers and those clinics near the truck stops that do dot health checks, will usually pass you everytime.

    Most docs will NOT however give you a pass on a narcotic, because if you get into an accident while on them, they can be sued just as quickly as you can if they signed off on it.
    uh.. No that is not sort of the point at all. The point was i wanted a yes or no answer on if anyone knew of a list. You came in here with your ask your doctor if you can drive, now your onto urgent clinics and shopping doctors.

    I think you missed the point..... but thanks anyways.

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    The point was i wanted a yes or no answer on if anyone knew of a list.
    The simple answer is yes there is a list, and it has 1 medication on the list, that being METHADONE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfd336 View Post
    Schedule 3's are your oxycodone, hydrocodone, tylenol 3, benzodiazapenes, etc... So be careful and check with your employer prior to getting behind the wheel.
    I'm here to tell you that most (if not all) Dr.'s won't even give you the DOT physical to get your CDL permit if your taking any of the above mentioned. If ya already have the CDL and your taking these with a prescription, pray to God you don't have a preventable or get yanked in for a random, because absolutely no good will come out of that scenario either.

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    The BEST person to be able to tell you if you can take "this or that drug" while operating heavy equipment which a CMV actually is or if you can "DRIVE' while taking this drug is the pharmacist! He will know more about any drug than the doctor! If there is a tag on the label that says "do not operate or drive" I'd do as the little label says and stay the heck away! If there is even a little doubt in your mind then go with that feeling! Ask that pharmacist and he can get in touch with your doctor and give him a list of drugs that you could take that might do the same thing as what was prescribed for you but not interfeer with your driving.

    As IROC put it there isn't much difference between a DWI or DUI! They both are career killers and will even effect the "F" part of the license in your pocket! It'll hurt bad enough to where you will not be able to drive a 35cc scooter! That's a bad hit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oknavy View Post
    The simple answer is yes there is a list, and it has 1 medication on the list, that being METHADONE.
    Yes i seen that, that is the first post to actually help me with my QUESTION. I didn't ask for a discussion on the matter just a answer to my question.

    This is what i wanted to know, is there or is there not a list.. that was all. Didn't need to hear ask your doctor, ask this guy, well theres no difference in dwi or dui,well i think if the bottle says this..then,etc. I didn't ask for opinions people, if you did not know if there was a list than you have no reason to be posting.

    I wanted to see if anyone knew of a list and go from there cause like i said i take 2 meds, non narcotic,or controlled but used off label for certain reasons that will stay between me and my dr.

    Now that i know only 1 drug is on the list i will proceed to my next step. Thank you... Jeez

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    Quote Originally Posted by truedetailer View Post
    Yes i seen that, that is the first post to actually help me with my QUESTION. I didn't ask for a discussion on the matter just a answer to my question.

    This is what i wanted to know, is there or is there not a list.. that was all. Didn't need to hear ask your doctor, ask this guy, well theres no difference in dwi or dui,well i think if the bottle says this..then,etc. I didn't ask for opinions people, if you did not know if there was a list than you have no reason to be posting.

    I wanted to see if anyone knew of a list and go from there cause like i said i take 2 meds, non narcotic,or controlled but used off label for certain reasons that will stay between me and my dr.

    Now that i know only 1 drug is on the list i will proceed to my next step. Thank you... Jeez
    wasn't what i provided helpful to you....??

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