Disqualifying prescription medications

Discussion in 'Driver Health' started by Jokingypsy, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. Jokingypsy

    Jokingypsy Medium Load Member

    Jan 4, 2013
    Baltimore, MD
    Hello all,

    I have a question about prescription medications. I have previously in my life been prescribed alprazolam (Xanax) for anxiety. Now please before you all condemn me for being a junkie and tell me I don't deserve to walk on your planet or drive on your roads hear me out. I have taken this medication for anxiety under a doctors supervision and with a legal prescription maybe half dozen times a year. I would never even contemplate ever driving a bicycle not much less a car or big rig if I took this medication. My question is simply this, is this a disqualifying medication. I have been driving a truck for almost thirteen years and take pride in my career and safety record. I've never had an accident or a ticket for that matter. I've never even operated a CMV when I felt fatigued for that matter so please I'm not trying to take a bible thumbing here. I'm just trying to ask a simple question, will this medication disqualify me from driving a truck. I have not taken it in about eight months and will take any drug test a company chooses to give me. Thanks for any answers I get, I love this web site and will take the abuse and beatings I'm going to get for asking this. Happy new year!

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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2013
  4. 123456

    123456 Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    With approval from your doctor, you may drive.

    Some companies may not hire you, that is their decision to make.
    GasHauler Thanks this.
  5. bubbanbrenda

    bubbanbrenda Road Train Member

    Feb 27, 2011
    I was prescribed Xanex 5 years ago for insomnia, I take 1 mg. nightly, never been a problem on a random drug screen(been at same company for 8 years so no pre-employment screen since I've been on it). I'm guessing it won't be seen until a post accident screen(they look a lot harder), then we might have some explaining to do. With a legal script and toxicology reporting "prescribed levels" should not be a problem legally, but civilly might be a different story.
  6. GasHauler

    GasHauler Master FMCSA Interpreter

    Oct 23, 2005
    It's very simple. Make sure the doctor knows what you do and take it as prescribed. The only problem you might have is when you take your physical and you do not disclose the information if asked. You might even let the company know and tell them what you told us. Just be prepared if they say no.
  7. EZ Money

    EZ Money Road Train Member

    I take one at night and have been for 15 years.It has never been a problem.
    My doc knows I drive for a living and I have disclosed that info at a couple DOT physicals and they never questioned it.
    No worry with drug tests either,,,,,they do not test for it anyway.
    I get a better nights sleep and am safer on the road the next day as the affects do not last 10 hours other than getting me to wind down when I first get in the bunk.
    I now never mention it at a DOT physical.
    The older you get the more meds you carry with you....lol!
  8. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2010
    Burnsville, MN
    Didn't you just disqualify yourself with these two sentences?
    As well as show yourself to be, well, willing to do something that you know is wrong and dangerous.

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  9. CondoCruiser

    CondoCruiser The Legend

    Apr 18, 2010
    No, it's not on the panel screening. One just has to explain to the medical doctor why they are prescribed such medicine.

    Reading some of these posts raises my curiosity why some people take these type medicines long term. Is insomnia and anxiety life long events or random events? Do you all attempt to get off these medicines to see if your situation improved? I'm just curious, educate me because I've had my share of anxiety and insomnia yet never been prescribed anything for it. I write it off as everyday life. I can look back at maybe a 6 month time frame I randomly had anxiety issues and maybe needed such drug but eventually them problems went away on their own. Does that justify to take it and to keep taking it? Long term use to me seems like a dependency and no longer taking it for the right reasons.
  10. jugs

    jugs Light Load Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    louisville, ky
    After dental surgery 5 days ago , I was prescribed Hydrocodone.I am supposed to return to work tomorrow. The company says as long as they get a letter from the Dentist saying I am no longer prescribed this med , I am OK to drive. This drug will be in my system for the next 6 days . what if I get in a wreck? Somehow what the compliance people at this company are saying does not seem right . Appreciate any informed replies.
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