What medications can truck drivers take?


Ethan Milner   |   Member since 2012  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

The good news is that, with the exception of “absolute disqualifying” medications, all other medications can be considered for use in commercial driving. And if you are taking an anti-seizure medication to prevent seizures you are only allowed to drive across State lines if you obtain a Federal Seizure exemption.

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Roger Windsor   |   Member since 2007  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Keeping this in view, can you get a CDL if you take medication?

The good news is that, with the exception of “absolute disqualifying” medications, all other medications can be considered for use in commercial driving. And if you are taking an anti-seizure medication to prevent seizures you are only allowed to drive across State lines if you obtain a Federal Seizure exemption.

Likewise, can Truck drivers take sleeping pills? Sleeping pill use Because truckers don't sleep on a regular schedule, they often struggle to fall asleep when they need to, so they end up driving while exhausted even with mandatory rest periods. Some of them turn to sleeping pills so they can fall asleep when they need to.


Nathan King   |   Member since 2015  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Subsequently, question is, what disqualifies you from a DOT physical?

The FMCSA has identified certain conditions that disqualify drivers from operating CMVs. These include hypertension, respiratory dysfunction, diabetes, vision impairment, epilepsy and mental disorders.


Leroy Amstead   |   Member since 2006  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Can Truck drivers take opiates?

Currently, a truck driver who uses opioids prescribed by a physician may drive as long as they are certified fit for duty by a DOT certified medical examiner. Indeed, many truckers have taken opioid pain killers for many years without impairment.


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Gabriel Pearce   |   Member since 2020  |  ✔ Verified

Who is exempt from DOT medical card?

In certain cases, CDL drivers cannot meet the DOT medical requirements regarding physical impairment, vision, hearing or diabetes, and cannot obtain a medical card. The FMCSA allows you to apply for exemptions that will keep you driving.


Leroy Holmes   |   Member since 2014  |  ✔ Verified

Does Adderall disqualify you from CDL?

A driver cannot take a controlled substance or prescription medication without a prescription from a licensed practitioner. If a driver uses a drug identified in 21 CFR 1308.11 (391.42(b)(12)) or any other substance such as amphetamine, a narcotic, or any other habit forming drug, The driver is medically unqualified.


David Redwood   |   Member since 2006  |  ✔ Verified

Does DOT drug test for Xanax?

The tests used to detect Xanax in a person's system are blood tests, urine tests, saliva swabs, and hair follicle analysis. Though they can detect Xanax soon after a dose is taken, saliva tests only work for 2.5 days after the last dose, and blood tests are only effective for a day.


Aiden Khan   |   Member since 2007  |  ✔ Verified

Is Ambien DOT approved?

Other Medications If you are taking any of the following prescription medications, bring the actual prescription bottles with you to your DOT exam: Ambien (zolpidem), anxiolytics such as Alprazolam, lorazepam, Xanax, and pain medications such as hydrocodone/APAP, Vicodin, tramadol, or oxycodone.


Kieth Stewart   |   Member since 2006  |  ✔ Verified

What do they check during a DOT physical?

During your appointment for a DOT physical, the examiner assesses your physical and mental health to ensure no medical conditions will interfere with your ability to drive and operate a vehicle safely. The doctor performs a series of tests to check your blood pressure, vision, hearing, digestive, and mental health.


Chad Burge   |   Member since 2019  |  ✔ Verified

What can cause you to lose your CDL?

Serious violations that will result in a CDL disqualification include: Excessive speeding — 15 mph or more above the posted speed limit. Reckless driving. Driving a CMV without having a CDL in the driver's possession.


Mike Parsons   |   Member since 2020  |  ✔ Verified

How often do I need a DOT physical?

How Often Is A DOT Physical Required? CDL drivers must take the DOT physical every two years. If you have a condition that needs monitoring, such as high blood pressure, you may be required to get a physical more often.


Ruth Weatcroft   |   Member since 2016  |  ✔ Verified

What are the requirements to pass a DOT physical?

DOT Physical Requirements Include:RequirementCardiac Issues No current diagnosis of cardiac insufficiency, collapse, congestive failure, or any other cardiac disease.Sleep Apnea If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you must demonstrate it is under control.Vision 20/40 correctable in each eye.


Chadwick Kidd   |   Member since 2016  |  ✔ Verified

What medical conditions prevent you from getting a CDL?

Here are the physical conditions that disqualify a truck driver from obtaining a CDL (commercial drivers license) and operating a commercial motor vehicle.Loss of use of extremity. Diabetes. Cardiovascular. Respiratory. Hyptertension. Other physical limitations. Epilepsy. Psychiatric.


George Larkin   |   Member since 2008  |  ✔ Verified

Can you take hydrocodone with a CDL?

Accordingly, any driver using any of the foregoing drugs or substances is not qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Opiates such as codeine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, morphine, oxycodone, and oxymorphone are Schedule II drugs.


Selena Collins   |   Member since 2020  |  ✔ Verified

What drugs are not allowed by DOT?

The DOT Drug Testing PanelMarijuana. Cocaine. Amphetamines (Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, MDMA, MDA) Opioids (Codeine, Morphine, Heroin, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, Oxymorphone) Phencyclidine (PCP)


Mike Andrews   |   Member since 2008  |  ✔ Verified

Can my doctor do a DOT physical?

Primary Care Doctors Your primary care doctor may be qualified to administer your DOT physical exam. If your care provider is listed on the registry, they can perform your exam.


Logan Stevenson   |   Member since 2011  |  ✔ Verified

What happens if your medical card expires for your CDL?

If the medical examiner's certificate has expired, you must obtain a new one and provide it to the Department. If the variance (waiver) has expired, you must renew it with FMCSA and it must be provided to the Department.


Nate Coates   |   Member since 2011  |  ✔ Verified

Do they drug test you at a DOT physical?

The DOT physical exam requirements do not include a drug test, but you will be required to submit a urine sample. This is used to screen your kidneys for potential medical conditions. Your employer may request that you have a drug screen done while you take your DOT physical.


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