Is Lamictal a medication that would interfere with getting a commercial driver’s license?

A man is claiming that he has complex partial epileptic seizures that come only at night. He has been suggested that Lamictal would eliminate that problem but then he states that he would not be able to get his license to drive a truck because he is on the medication. It seems absurd to me since the medication would cure the problem…sort of an antidepressant or a mood stabilizer for a depressed or bipolar individual. Would a man taking Lamictal be allowed to drive a commercial truck?

No, he would not.

The medication itself does not interfere with getting a licence but the medical condition associated with it does. Unfortunately, an anticonvulsant does not necessarily prevent seizures. Most likely, it will reduce only their frequency. Since there is no guarantee that the treatment will be effective, it is very unlikely that he will ever be able to get a commercial licence, and even his non-commercial one can be suspended (the law differs from a state to another).

P.S. Lamictal does not cure epilepsy, nor do antidepressants cure depression/bipolar disorder. There is a huge difference between "treat" and "cure".

2 Responses to “Is Lamictal a medication that would interfere with getting a commercial driver’s license?”

  • Kat says:

    No, he would not.

    The medication itself does not interfere with getting a licence but the medical condition associated with it does. Unfortunately, an anticonvulsant does not necessarily prevent seizures. Most likely, it will reduce only their frequency. Since there is no guarantee that the treatment will be effective, it is very unlikely that he will ever be able to get a commercial licence, and even his non-commercial one can be suspended (the law differs from a state to another).

    P.S. Lamictal does not cure epilepsy, nor do antidepressants cure depression/bipolar disorder. There is a huge difference between "treat" and "cure".
    References :
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epilepsy_and_driving

  • Chris H says:

    No. You can’t have a history of epileptic seizures and drive anything. My friend’s wife had one seizure after being kicked in the head by her sister’s horse and wasn’t allowed to drive again for three years. Having a permanent condition rules you out.
    References :

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