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Type 2 DVLA - HGV Driving with Certain Tablets

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by MikeB199, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. MikeB199

    MikeB199 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Hi I am a Type 2 currently on Metformin and Linagliptin tablets. I have just send my medical form to the DVLA to renew my HGV licence and after four weeks they have sent me a letter saying I have to sign a declaration that I will in future test at least twice a day and before and during HGV driving. They say it's because I am on tablets that are either in the Sulphonylureas or Glinides category. I'm pretty sure that Metformin is not one of these types and I can't find any evidence that Linagliptin is one either. Am I mistaken or have the DVLA lost the plot? Many Thanks Mike
  2. Ali H

    Ali H Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    The DVLA say this -

    Diabetes - Managed by tablets which carry a risk of inducing hypoglycaemia (this includes sulphonylureas and glinides)

    So it seems the list is not limited to only sulphonylureas and glinides. They must class your Linagliptin as one of the at risk drugs I guess which does seem odd as it is a DPP4 inhibitor and meant to not cause hypos particularly. It is a good idea to test as an HGV driver anyway, be sure to be aware of the rules which are on the DVLA's website reference levels, ie 5 to drive, below 5 and above 4 correct before driving, below 4 correct and wait 45 mins.

  3. AndBreathe

    AndBreathe I reversed my Type 2 · Expert
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    I t could be worth trying to have a telephone conversation with your GP, for his view.

    Are you prescribed testing supplies?
  4. T2 Med free

    T2 Med free Type 2 · Active Member

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    Well Mike I have been type 2 for 11 years and I admit I am just a taxi driver but a great responsibility carrying passengers so I have changed my lifestyle completely to avoid that problem I am now free of medication if you can do it you will feel better but do keeping testing your blood.
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