Antidepressant question

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by cdldriver, May 19, 2013.

  1. cdldriver

    cdldriver New Member

    I'm a CDL driver for Express. Is there any problem with FedEx drivers taking antidepressants? I do not take them at this time, but it is possible that I may have to start taking them in the near future.

    1BROWNWRENCH Amateur Malthusian

    I've been on'em for years and nobody has made any mention of it.
  3. Route 66

    Route 66 Bent Member

    All FedEx drivers should be on anti-depressants
  4. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    This is not something that you should joke about.
  5. Route 66

    Route 66 Bent Member

    Who says I'm joking?
  6. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    The DOT maintains a long list of banned prescription drugs for DOT drivers. You need to talk with a physician familiar with the list and make sure you aren't taking something that isn't approved. Most doctors are blissfully unaware of the DOT list.
  7. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    Section 391.41(b)(12) states: A person is physically qualified to drive a CMV if that person does not use a controlled substance identified in 21 CFR 1308.11, Schedule I, an amphetamine, a narcotic, or any other habit-forming drug. Exception: A driver may use such a substance or drug, if the substance or drug is prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner who is familiar with the driver’s medical history and assigned duties; and has advised the driver that the prescribed substance or drug will not adversely affect the driver’s ability to safely operate a CMV. This exception does not apply to methadone.

    Medical Examiners are required to give careful consideration to the effects of medications on a driver’s ability to operate a CMV safely before rendering the driver qualified.
  8. cdldriver

    cdldriver New Member

    Thanks MrFedEx and STFXG for your comments.
  9. I'm right there with ya. Been thinking about seeing a doctor for the same thing.


    A driver I know, (he has since retired), used to take 200 mg of Lamictal on a daily basis. Lamictal is used for depression, but mostly for bipolarity, like in his case. I remember he needed to bring a note from his psychiatrist once a year for his DOT medical and give a copy to his manager. The note stated that the medication would not interfere with his driving capabilities. That was FedEx's way of protecting themselves in case of an incident, or worse, an accident involving this employee.