Did I just mess myself up? (Prescribed drugs related)

Discussion in 'Driver Health' started by fantasy08, Jun 29, 2019.

  1. fantasy08

    fantasy08 Bobtail Member

    Dec 6, 2013
    I've tried to take trucking before years ago. I was in a class at my local community college and everything,but I had to drop out because I can't drive shift. Just automatic.

    I want to try driving again,but only a Class B so I can drive for Fedex, USPS, cement trucks,UPS etc.

    I just want employment in Class B related vehicles.

    I was going to go to my local school bus station and train with them. The buses are automatic and I just want a Class B. I will get the hazmat endorsement just to open my job prospects more.

    However, I very recently went to a psychiatrist(rather she was a NP that specialized in mental health) about some things(depression/anxiety) and was prescribed Zoloft. Only took one pill. It made my symptoms worst, and I felt sick on it so I was prescribed Prozac. I haven't even picked it up form the pharmacy. I don't want to take it because honestly my depression is situational, and just don't like the side effects on these things.

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is working better for me. No Meds. You know exercising,going outside,talking to someone etc

    Basically did I just mess myself up?

    I mean isn't it illegal to discriminate about these things in the first place?
  2. GypsyWanderlust

    GypsyWanderlust Medium Load Member

    Jan 1, 2018
    Keep your mouth shut and you’ll be fine. Open it and you’ll end up with 6 month medical cards and a bunch of extra medical expenses proving you are worthy of driving.
  3. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    The questions they ask u on those forms , answer them with the answers they want to hear. Not the honest truth or u will find urself unable to find work
  4. Midnightrider909

    Midnightrider909 Road Train Member

    Oct 26, 2016
    I have been depressed off an on since 1984 and tried 5 different antidepressants including Zoloft and Prozac. They all have side effects worse than depression. I have never mentioned any of that to any DOT doc and never will. It’s none of their business.
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  5. Concorde

    Concorde Heavy Load Member

    Jun 29, 2016
    West Melbourne Florida
    If you’re not taking anything now and the drug is purged from your system..keep quiet.

    If the drug is still in your system then list it on the form you fill out prior to the pee test. If found in your system then the MRO will likely call you to verify.. If you were prescribed the drug then the DER (Designated Employee Representative) will never know.

    Lastly,unless you are having thoughts of someday driving a bus don’t test on one.. IMO, the test would be much more involved and harder to pass..
  6. Intothesunset

    Intothesunset Road Train Member

    Apr 15, 2019
    I went to the doctor once to get some wounds taken care of and they knew I was in a semi truck yet they prescribed me about a week's worth of Oxycodone and told me to take three times a day and I found out well driving that it made me extremely tired.
    But that'll just be between us.
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  7. fantasy08

    fantasy08 Bobtail Member

    Dec 6, 2013
    I don't know how I feel lying on something Federal related. Is Zoloft and Prozac disquifying to drive a Class B vehicle or something?

    If for some reason they say I need a note from the NP to clear me I don't see why she wouldn't write the note. I could even do it before I even went for the any DOT Physical.

    I mean they have records at Walmart pharmacy where I picked the Zoloft up. The Prozac is still there. I did a video conference with the NP for the Prozac. All of the records of what I have been prescribed as well as the depression have been documented.

    So how would I even be able to hide that? Why should I if it's illegal vie ADA guidelines to even discriminate because I sought help for some issues?

    I have no choice if I want a Class B CDL then to test in a school bus. I guess I could put an AD out and pay someone with a class b cdl to teach me for a month and then let me test in it. Would that be feasible?
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2019
  8. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    Keep your mouth SHUT. You did nothing. Yet.

    Let it go. Or it will become something you cannot chase until people deem you really sick and pull out the version V of the Diagnostics book and saddle you with a official something you may or may not have.

    Trucking is a very good way to be stressed if you want to go that route and go crazy by degrees.

    Even if the pharmacy filled one pill or 1000 it will go on the PMB database. ALL doctors you visit will see that database with your name and social before they go into your room. Since you did not fill that one medicine it did not happen. That tells me you don't have a problem.

    Take time off, go play. Do something totally not related to the issues bothering you and get it out of your system. Get back to work soonest. Leave the mental health people alone. Those are needed for those who really crack up. Not you.

    In my day anything that was a problem was taken care of by a 5th of strong drink and a good sleep. Otherwise settled during business hours one way or the other. never by doctors.

    When I was in middle school I had alot of problems to deal with. So in my way in time I managed to work it out across the board. Took out a bully, figured other things out, found solutions and essentially got rid of schooling when the bell rang. A inconvience that is 7 hours of my day 5 days a week. Bleah. Big deal.

    But during that time I quit telling my parents anything of value. They sent me to the shrink to discover anything that is really eating me mentally. I should not have gone. 6 months and for what? Nothing. Just out of that school house was what it was worth to me. I finally shared with the parents at 21 that that particular year was a waste of everyone's time. I had to take care of many problems on my own in my good time. And for the most part alls well. Just the understanding that they wasted money, resources and time is all.

    Fast forward a couple of grades. One shrink asked if I wanted Prozac, I laughed him out of the office. And that was the end of going to these people. If you have something bothering you, go fix it. Eliminate it. Solve it and go be happy.

    What those doctors don't know is I kept a box of crazy for really difficult times that defy rational and reason some days. It was a very useful box.
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2019
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  9. Midnightrider909

    Midnightrider909 Road Train Member

    Oct 26, 2016
    Go ahead and go in to the DOT doc and tell them your entire medical history and then let us know if honesty is the best policy.
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  10. Grubby

    Grubby Road Train Member

    Aug 30, 2016
    Fostoria Ohio
    Its always better to ask for forgiveness than it is permission! I wouldnt say sheet about it...
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