Medications

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Gastrointestinal conditions

Article | Apr 14, 2014

The FAA allows certification for many common gastrointestinal diagnoses as long as your treating physician documents the condition as stable and controlled.

Fly Well: Drug wars

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Shooting approaches at Brown Field Municipal Airport (SDM) in San Diego, California, just north of the Mexican border, might include interesting liaisons...

Too sweet to fly

Members only | Nov 11, 2013

Diabetes mellitus that is diet and exercise controlled does not require a special issuance, so your AME may issue a medical certificate without approval from the FAA. However, you will need some documentation for your AME at the time of your next FAA physical examination.

Letter to pilots urges caution, education on OTC med use

Article | Jul 16, 2013

A letter to pilots urges that they learn and think more carefully about exposure to the potential impairment of certain medications.

Documents pilots need to provide for conditions AMEs can issue

Article | Jul 05, 2013

Dr. Warren S. Silberman offers pointers on what you need to get your treating physician to provide to you prior to visiting your AME if you have glaucoma, chronic hepatitis C, hypothyroidism, or hypertension.

The FAA and depression

Article | Jun 17, 2013

Get up to speed on the FAA's policy guidelines for the use of "antidepressants" and medical certification.

The ‘list that doesn’t exist’: FAA-allowed medications

Article | May 17, 2013

The FAA does not publish an official list of medications that are considered appropriate for aviation activities. But AOPA has one.

FAA’s take on sleep medications

Article | May 13, 2013

Need a good night's sleep? Before taking medication to help you fall asleep, consider the type of medication, potential aeromedically adverse side effects, and any underlying medical condition.

Prepare a winning case

Article | Jan 14, 2013

Get insider tips from Dr. Warren Silberman, former manager of FAA Aerospace Medical Certification, on preparing your medical packet for the FAA’s review so that you can get your case approved and medical certificate in hand, sooner with less hassle.

Choosing medications and medical devices

Article | Nov 21, 2012

How does the FAA choose which medications to approve? Dr. Warren Silberman, the former manager of FAA Aerospace Medical Certification, explains.

High blood pressure disqualifying?

Article | Nov 06, 2012

Concerned about losing your medical because of high blood pressure? Don't be spooked by marketing scare tactics: More than 64,000 airmen are flying with high blood pressure on medication.

Diabetes mellitus on oral medications

Article | Oct 26, 2012

Diet-controlled diabetes mellitus is one of the five medical conditions that your aviation medical examiner may grant issuance if you come to your examination with the proper documentation.

Drugs - the legal kind

Article | Jul 31, 2012

Pilots are often asking why a given drug their regular doctor has prescribed does not appear on our list of “approved” medications. Well, here is the truth of the matter: The FAA does not give its approval of an FDA-approved medication until the drug has been available for one year. This is not an arbitrary and deliberately obstructive move on their part; the FAA wants to see how the medication reacts on the body when a large population is exposed, over and above what was established in the clinical trials mandated by that other federal giant, the Food and Drug Administration.

Answers for Pilots: Keep up with your meds

Article | Apr 01, 2012

We all enjoy the beauty of blossoming fruit trees each spring and the gradual transition of the landscape from brown to green. While our eyes delight in the flourishing scenery, our sinuses may complain. Headaches and congestion mark the onset of allergy season for many pilots. Some medications - even those purchased over-the-counter - have side effects that make them unsafe to take when flying. Double-check your allergy meds to be sure they are FAA-approved. Search AOPA's online medication database by the drug's trade name, generic name, type of medication, or the medical condition being treated to find out whether - and under what conditions - the FAA has approved it for pilots.

Fly Well

Article | Feb 01, 2011

How to reach cloud nine? Fly frequently, safely, basking in the glow of recognition of the higher life form you truly are—pilot. The phrase “cloud nine” is of questionable origin, but because I enjoy Bill Bryson’s writing, I’m going with his explanation: In 1806 an English pharmacist named Luke Howard developed the cloud classification that is still used today.

Member Guide

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2010

Your chance to advance GA In the almost 20 years I have been with AOPA, I have had the pleasure of meeting and talking with many of our members. Consistently, I hear how passionate our members are about flying, and that we share a common concern about the future of general aviation as we know it today.

Answers for Pilots: Spring Allergies

Article | Apr 01, 2010

Trees budding, temperatures rising, sunshine stretching into the evening - it must be Spring! It's great being on this side of the summer solstice, enjoying the opportunity to be outdoors, again, especially when it involves doing some flying after work.

Answers for Pilots: Hay fever

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2008

Are you one of the millions of people who sneeze their way through hay fever season, putting up with the itching and sniffing from mid-August until the first frost? The symptoms are mild, you say, and don’t slow you down, but they can be irksome. However, because you plan to fly, you don’t take any allergy medication for fear of using one that the FAA does not allow.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2007

Big Bopper's death still raising questions The music might have died in 1959, but the investigation continues. Forensic anthropologist William Bass, founder of the research facility at Knoxville's University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology Facility, nicknamed the "Body Farm," has been hired by the son of J.P.

Guide to Member Services

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2005

FAA-accepted medications AOPA's Medical Certification department has compiled an extensive database of more than 200 over-the-counter medications and their FAA approval status (www.aopa.org/members/databases/ medical/search_faa_meds.cfm). While these medications are generally allowed by the FAA, individual variables could render a medication inappropriate for flight, according to Gary Crump, AOPA's director of medical certification.

Member Guide

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2004

FAA-accepted meds It's hard to know if a medication that you're taking could affect your flying or if the FAA believes it could ... so how can you find out? AOPA's Medical Certification department has made it easy.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2003

Should you fly when you're on medication? In 1994, one man's battle to keep his medical certificate became the basis for a little-known but sweeping change in the federal regulations. Benton Bullwinkel had been diagnosed with two forms of mental illness — bipolar disorder (more commonly known as manic-depressive illness) and attention deficit disorder (ADD).

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2003

FAA policy for medication usage Did you know that if you are taking an antihistamine or decongestant for a cold, you should not fly for 12 hours after taking the last dose? That if you take Accutane for acne, you cannot fly at night? If you've taken Ambien for sleeplessness, you need to wait 48 hours before flying? Or if you have taken Maxalt or Zomig for your migraine headache, you need to wait 24 hours before flying? These and many other stipulations make up the FAA's guide to medication usage. AOPA's Medical Certification department has compiled an extensive database of more than 200 over-the-counter medications and their FAA approval status.

Ounce of Prevention Part 11 of 12

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2001

Watch out for the invisible dangers Let's talk about the less overt hazards to your safety. Previously in this series we have talked about handling the more obvious ones such as running out of fuel, poor takeoff technique, poor planning, engine failure, and midair collisions.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2000

Recognizing a drug's effect is the pilot's responsibility An AOPA member in Rancocas, New Jersey, is a good example of an airman who is taking responsibility for his role as pilot in command. When prescribed the drug Etanercept for arthritis, he immediately contacted the aviation technical specialists at AOPA.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1998

On this late March Monday morning, the sun shines brightly through a widely scattered layer of stratocumulus clouds. Mother Nature has finally checked the calendar and realized that it's spring — temperatures are warming up after a couple of weeks of unseasonably cool weather here on the East Coast.