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    Taking adderal with a cdl?

    Can i get my CDL and be a trucker if i have a prescreiption for add medication? I recently got a prescreition for adderal, I do have add, but don't have to have the medication. I am going to be going to trcuking school soon, and I was wondering if i should try and keep the prescription, or just get rid of it.

    since the stuff is basically meth, i don't think the dot would like me taking that.


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    Adderall will show up on your drug test as amphetamines. You will need to show proof that you have a prescription for Adderall to the diagnostic company running your drug test.
    -Adderall will NOT cause you to fail your DOT physical, however, the DR. giving you the physical will want to know when you started taking the drug, when you were diagnosed and if you see your Primary Care Physician on a regular basis. They will want a letter from your PCP explaining that you are under their care, are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, are taking Adderall and suffer NO side effects that would prevent you from safely opperating a comercial vehicle. Here's the reason for this headache...Drivers are running into their DR's saying "oh no, i have ADD, give me drugs", then they use them to stay awake. Your medical examiner will probably fail your physical if you have been driving for 10 years and just started taking Adderall. You better have some proof of being diagnosed prior to getting your CDL. They won't make it easy for you the first time.

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    Ditto on what KD already posted.

    The medical examiner guidelines on psychological and psychiatric conditions (where ADD would fall into) were just updated by FMCSA. You NEED to make sure you have a letter from the ADD specialist that prescribed the Adderall that says something like...

    You have been prescribed Adderall for the treatment of ????? and have been monitored on it for ?????.

    In my professional medical opinion having reviewed the FMCSA Medical Review Board Medical Expert Panel reccdomendation on psychiatric conditions you are safe to operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce while on this medication.

    http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regul...Panel-Opin.pdf


    Without a letter like that on the doctor's letterhead you will probably have problems with any DOT medical examiner.. and everytime you pop as positive on a random drug test.

    Get the letter.......

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    randoms adderal and xanax that im prescribed
    I work for A BEER DISTRIBUTING COMPANY OUT OF WI, I HAD A RANDOM ON WED AND GOT A VOICEMAIL TODAY ON TUES FROM FROM A DOCTOR FROM THE OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE CLINIC WHERE I TOOK THE TEST , HAD MY PRESCRIPT TO ADDERal and xanax for two months now , and im twenty four had my cdl for almost two years i called back the dr..and they were closed why would he call me personally instead of just checking my prescription record. just concerned cause i cant find out what the hell he wants till tomorrow at 8 in the mornin..any one have any quick opinions on why he called?

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    also to mention that neither one of the two prescriptions effect my ability to drive but ultimately increases my outside family and homelife...

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    METH? not even close only if you dont have adhd maybe

    Dont compare adderal to meth its not even close , if your extremely hyper and cant sleep or are all over the place in your mind you should just get off it period no offense.. its supposed to calm you down and make your head stop thinking like a slot machine , take your times and do a thorough job whether its work, school family life etc....

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    oh, it does calm me down. i have never taken real meth, so i can't compare.
    but from what i hear, meth kinda makes you wanna sit down and do work too.

    adderal just makes me want to sit and do math problems or read something.

    but it will keep me up like meth can.
    i stayed up till 4 am one night. took adderal before i went to bed, and work up 3 hours later refreshed and ready to go.

    i tossed and turned for those 3 hours too.

    i went baiscally 48 hours on 3 hours seep.