I am thinking of getting my CDL A and going into trucking. I'm wondering who might kow what effect my medications and condition will have on getting passed through the physical.
First of all I had a Liver Transplant just under 2 years ago and I take several drugs for anti rejection. Most are imune suppressants, but I also need a few others to counter the side effects of the imunosupressants. The list is:
1) Prograf - Imune Supress
2) Celcept - Imune Supress
3) Protonix - Digestive aid to counter acid production from Imune Supress
4) Ambien - For sleep, as imune supressants cause unsettled sleep.
I also have restless legs sindrome and take the only drug for that that does not process through the liver:
Does anyone know anything about the effect any of these will have on my qualifying for the CDL A?
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I took my physical the other day and they said ambien is fine. It's not a opiod and as long as you do not drive for 8 hours after taking it, it's fine. If you take it when stopping for your ten hour rest break, you are well clear of its effects a full two hours before driving again.
OK, I'v thought about this and done a little research. I keep hearing in these forums that "the company" won't allow this and that. In the case of a medication that is prescribed and tested by the Federal Government and has been determined to not interfere with your ability to perform necessary functions, the comany can not set an arbitrary and capricous standard on it's own that pre-empts Federal Law and apply it to their employees. This drug does have side effects, but if it is to be taken in a maner that it's effects will not be present during on duty hours and if the Federal Government standards have determined that it is permissible if used in this way, than the company can't just set whatever standard they want. Thomas Jefferson said: "We are a nation of laws, not men." Wel, we are also not a nation of companies. A comany setting such a standard wold be no different than a company saying that you could not drive because you are Asian because asians have a higher incidents of traffic accidents or because you have jock itch, becasue you'll be itching all the time.
It kind of amazes me the number of posts that I see on these boards from people who just blindly accept things that are wrong and illegal. I hear about companies not paying as contracted, I hear of people getting tickets they did not deserve, I hear of people being told to run ilegal or lose their jobs, I hear people being canned by companies for reasons that are contrary to law.
Don't just lie down and take it. Fight back people! I know what some of you will say: "If I turn them in, they'll fire me." Hey kids, that's the best thing that can hapen to you, because then they will end up working for you. There are whistle blower laws out there for a reason. USE THEM!
I had asked a question about Zoloft. My doctor had me start taking it about 18 months ago because of a great deal of stress in my life at the time. My mom almost died the same week my wife was having major surgery and that was just one week! I have learned now to deal with stress (major events in life) a whole lot better thank the lord I have not completely stopped taking it but It is not much. I asked about it in regards to my DOT physical. I was told that I can't take it at all ever and others said it was fine. I then called 2 places in my local area that give the test and they said it is no problem at all. I will ask this. Is a DOT physical a state thing or a federal thing. I think federal but I want to know for sure. I am going to a school out of state and I want to know if I have my DOT card from South Carolina can I skip taking it at the school in another state?N218CX Thanks this.
[FONT=Arial,Verdana]SNI KNOCKOUT MEDICATIONS
Drivers may not take any of the following medications while operating a commercial vehicle. Any use of these medications require a 24 hour mandatory out of service after last dose consumed.
ACETAMINOPHEN/CODIENE #2, #3, #4
APAP #2, #3, #4
BUFFERIN AF NITE-TIME
CODEPREX-Codeine based cough suppressant
DARVON COMPOUND 65
ESGIC OR ESGIC-PLUS
LORTAB 2.5, 5,7.5
MS CONTIN (Kadian)
RMS SUPPOSITORY ASTRA MORPH
SYNALGOS-DC (capsule has codeine in it)
TAL WIN NX
TUS SIN- 12
TYLENOL #1, #2, #3, #4
** ANTICONVULSANTS - When prescribed as anticonvulsants. Other uses may be allowed as conditional dependent on diagnosis and require a clearance letter from treating MD
CONDITIONAL KNOCKOUT MEDICATIONS
Drivers taking any of the following medications require an in-depth history regarding the medications. The use of these medications may not disqualify a driver, but the underlying diagnosis may. The history should include the name of the medications, reason for taking the medication (diagnosis) and dosage. If it is determined that the medication will be allowed, it is necessary to obtain a letter from the treating physician. The letter must include the medication name, dosage, reason for taking, how long taking, that the individual is not having any related side effects to the medication and that the individual is deemed safe to drive a commercial vehicle while taking the medication.
LEXAPRO (Celexa/Prozac combined)
LITHIUM (Request most recent blood level)
SEROQUEL (QUETIAPINE FUMARATE)
VALPROIC ACID= Antiseizure
(Discuss case with nurses)
ORAL MEDICATION FOR DIABETES
For Experienced applicants & current drivers only. If Blood Sugar is in good control no letter needed. If the Blood Sugar is out of control obtain a letter from personal physician that drivers diabetes is controlled, no side effects from the medication and is safe to drive a tractor/trailer. Also ask the doctor to include the most recent hemoglobin Al C which is a blood test which shows how well diabetes controlled in last 2-3 months (normals 3.7-6.4 which is good control
5.5-7.5 fair control; over 7.6 poor control) or most recent fasting blood sugar test (FBS).
GLUCOPHAGE GENERIC FORM IS HYDROCHLORIDE TABLETS
NO LETTER NEEDED MEDICATIONS
ANTIHISTAMINES (note- Claritin/Claritin-D , Allegra/Allegra-D and Zyrtec are antihistamines- designed to have less sleepy side effects than those listed below): AS THERE ARE MANY OVER THE COUNTER PRODUCTS THAT CONTAIN ANTIHISTAMINES AND DECONGESTANTS- THIS LIST IS NOT ALL INCLUSIVE-IF SLEEPY SIDE EFFECTS OCCUR, DO NOT TAKE AND Check with Occ Health x8709
DO NOT TAKE AND DRIVE FOR 24 HRS AFTER LAST DOSE:
DRIXORAL ALLERGY SINUS/ ANTIHISTAMINE
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TYLENOL PM (CONTAINS BENADRYL)
TYLENOL PM (CONTAINS BENADRYL)
Occ Health DrugList 10/21/2005 (BGX)
That list is from Schneider, last updated 10/2005. Most other companies are going to be the same. This list was taken from the FAA list of drugs pilots can not take and was modified to fit trucking. Tom, one thing you don't seem to up on is that any company can add requirements to the DOT physical they want. DOT rules are a minimum requirement.
NO, I don't drive for SNI, but do know a few.
A privately held company can make any rules they want and make you follow them, it's their company. You can either choose to work there or not. That is as long as they don't discriminate against any one driver or group ie; men, women, race religion etc.
Them telling you that you can't take a certain medication is probaly because their insuarnce and legal department has found that those drugs can affect driving in some adverse manor and they made a policy not to allow it.
You would have some person who would take Ambien on a split break and then after 2 hours get up and drive and have a wreck thus theres where the problem lies or someones body does not get rid of it in 8 hours and they have a wreck and the blood test shows up a narcotic in their system and here comes the lawsuits.
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