I have been taking tramadol along with naproxen prescribed by my doctor. i am concerned this combination will disqualify me from employment with trucking company as per DOT regulations. any information would be greatly appreciated. My va doctor said this should not be a problem but i would like to gather as much information as possible
23 Jul 2012
My husband works for a trucking company too and has to comply with DOT regs. He was previously on Darvocet (this was a while ago since it was taken off the market last summer) and he was randomly tested. They told him he wasnt allowed to have Darvocet in his system, even with a prescription, but they did tell him that tramadol was ok to take. He had to go to the Dr to get an Rx for the tramadol then be retested later and he did pass with the Tramadol. Tramadol is not considered a controlled substance in many states. DOT doesnt allow use of controlled substances, even with a prescription. You will probably be ok using Tramadol. You might check with the DOT website to see if there is any information there on what is allowed. It may vary from state to state. Naproxen is no problem. It is an NSAID and has a version, Aleve, OTC.
22 Jul 2012
I have been thru this type of situation many times w/ jobs in the past. Normally , as long as it is a prescription and only one med is controlled, you just inform the place you go that administers the test & make sure to also inform the employer that you are taking the test and are clean but you) expect the results to show you positive for opiates but that it is one prescription pain med. I know sometimes certain jobs may have a special rule that you can't be on any mood or mind altering substance even if it's prescribed due to the nature of the job. This is normally something that is explained ahead of time because otherwise you can't be discriminated against for legally taking a prescription drug as prescribed. My husband has a degenerative bone disease and was in a small car accident. The police suspended his license temporarily b/c they saw that he was under the influence, but they were all prescription and we were able to show that at the scene.
The cops were not being rude, though they are allowed to require a review by the DMV be completed regarding the meds he is on. They basically just contacted his Dr. And verified everything and then made a panel decision as to whether he is safe to drive while on his meds. It was determined he could drive and they reinstated his license. He was on more than one controlled substance. To be safe I always am up front from the beginning. Tramadol will show up though, so just avoid the issue from the start. Verify the policies of the company and proceed as such. Good luck and hope this helps. Jewels480
23 Jul 2012
I am a nurse and have had drug tests alot. Tramadol is tested for separately, and normally as long as you have a legal script you r fine, but depends on what your company regs say. Naproxen is the same as aleve an otc pain med much like an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory), so no issue there
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