Is Meniere’s disease a disqualifier?

Yes. Meniere’s disease is disqualifying because it may bring about a severe condition of vertigo and is unpredictable. The risk here is sudden incapacitation.

What if I’ve had surgery for Meniere’s disease?

Still is a disqualifier. The FMCSA is reviewing this in terms of certification.

Does vertigo disqualify me from getting a medical card?

It could. When the medical examiner does his examination, one of the things he is looking for is things that would be unsafe for you as a driver and how it effects your ability to maintain control of a commercial motor vehicle. Part of that examination is to test for virtigo. If he feels the condition is unsafe then he will not pass you. If he feels there is something that can help you maintain, he may make a suggestion for you to follow-up with a specialist.

What if I’ve had a seizure?

Drivers who have had one unprovoked seizure by definition do not have epilepsy (2 or more unprovoked seizures). Drivers who are seizure-free and off anticonvulsant medication(s) for at least 5 years after a single unprovoked seizure can be certified. Earlier return to work may be considered for drivers with a normal EEG who have no epileptic-form activity and normal examination by a neurologist specializing in epilepsy. (This answer from the FMCSA website)

What if I take anti-seizure medication?

Right off the bat you would be disqualified as a CMV driver.  There is a new federal exemption for seizure and related medications. You will need to check with the FMCSA regarding that particular paperwork.

What about epilepsy?

Medical history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy is disqualifying. Where a driver can demonstrate that safety would not be diminished by the condition, it is possible to apply for an exemption.

Can I pass a DOT physical after having a stroke?

It depends on many things, including the likelihood of having another stroke. Your best bet is to first go back to your neurologist and have him/her write a medical opinion letter stating:

When you had the stroke.

What was the treatment, and how successful was the outcome.

What is the treatment you are receiving now.

The doctor’s medical opinion about your readiness to return to work as a driver. Make sure that he/she knows all of your physical daily activities as a commerial driver.

With that information in hand when you go to do your DOT medical examination, then the DOT examiner has all the appropriate information to determine your physical state of fitness to perform the duties of a commercial driver.

If a driver is diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder will they fail the DOT physical?

Well, it isn’t that you fail outright, but you will be asked questions regarding the condition:

What treatment routine has been established.

How long you’ve been on that routine.

How are you responding to treatment/medication, etc.

So just prepare for the question line in advance, bring documentation from your treating doctor with you, and you could do just fine.

If I take antidepressants can I still get a DOT medical card?

Well it’s not impossible, but what you will need to do is get a medical opinion letter from your treating physician that states:

When you were diagnosed with the condition?

What treatment program does he/she have you on?

Is the condition stable?

Does your physician feel you could do the duties of a commercial driver and be safe for yourself and the people/public around you?

Then take that information the DOT physical appointment. It will still be the DOT medical examiner’s decision whether or not to certify you.

I have an anxiety disorder on and off. This raises my BP readings. Can I still pass the DOT physical if I take beta-blockers?

You should talk with your primary healthcare provider to determine whether or not this would interfere with the responsibilities and stress of being a commercial motor vehicle operator.  If your doctor feels OK about your driving and understands the role of a commercial motor vehicle operator, then he should write a medical opinion letter for you to take to the DOT examination, explaining your condition, treatment and safe usage of the medications you are taking and whether your specific condition is stable.  That way there is no surprises for you or the DOT examiner.