Medications

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Boredin, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. Boredin

    Boredin Bobtail Member

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    Hoping someone on here can give me a good answer. I have a prescription for Ultram and Flexural. I take one or the other 1-3 times a week. I have been on the medication for 10 plus years and never take it while working. I only take when I am done for the day and pain is bothering me. I served 26 years in the Military and have a few minor injuries. I can not get any company to give me a yay or nay, they all say I will know when I get to orientation...Not really wanting to go to orientation to find out I can not drive for them. I have a valid DOT card that was done after 1 May 14 with the new DR requirements.
     
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  3. Rocketman007

    Rocketman007 Bobtail Member

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    If you have a prescription for the it should not be a problem.
     
  4. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    When you had your DOT physical, did you disclose these two drugs - Ultram (tramadol) and Flexeral?

    If so, he should have discussed the use of those drugs with you and your driving while taking them.

    I too have a prescription for them, while I don't take them at work, I have to during the weekend for the pain in my hands.
     
  5. White Dog

    White Dog Road Train Member

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    A narcotic.....and a muscle relaxer. Hmmmmm
     
  6. Boredin

    Boredin Bobtail Member

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    Ultram is a non narcotic and not in the same class. Muscle relaxer yes... Never taken together and only as necessary 1-3 times a week after work I.E. Minimum 10 hour break period
     
  7. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

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    If you have a valid CDL, then I'm assuming you also have a valid medical card and passed a physical with a physician that is certified by the DOT. Often companies will have you retake a physical the first day of orientation, with their doctor. Bring your long form physical and all your prescriptions with you to the company physical. You should be fine as long as you have already passed a physical and have a medical card granted by a DOT certified physician.
     
  8. Boredin

    Boredin Bobtail Member

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    Thanks, have looked those sights. I know the Ultram can become addictive but been on it 10 plus years and a 30 day supply usually lasts me 90 days or more. Regulation seems fuzzy on this. I have passed the DOT and spoke to the Dr about it. I can always get a letter from my VA doc if I need too
     
  9. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

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    Another thing to look at is possible alternatives to medications for pain management. Without knowing your injuries it's hard to say. I had a younger brother that had a bad accident that required long term pain management and he didn't want to get on any kind of opiates. He went to a pain management clinic and they gave him an electric stimulation device that helped tremendously, as his pain could be isolated with stimulation at the base of the spine (his injuries were to his legs).

    I would encourage you to visit a pain management clinic.
     
  10. White Dog

    White Dog Road Train Member

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    LOL!!! Reminds me of Richard Pryor and his joke about "Cocaine? You can't get addicted to Cocaine! I been doing Cocaine for 20 years, and I'm not addicted."
     
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