Medications usage may have an adverse effect on pilots’ ability to make sound aeronautical decisions that ensure a safe flight. Certain medications pose risks that FAA considers unacceptable, and the FAA does not allow certain medications to be used at all while flying, while requiring a reasonable waiting period after use for others.
Find out the FAA’s position on medications in this database compiled by the AOPA Pilot Information Center. The status of some medications changes from time to time so check back periodically. The database information is verified with the FAA Aerospace Medical Certification Division in Oklahoma City.
Pilots should keep in mind that while these medications are generally allowed by the FAA, the medical condition requiring the medication and/or the onset of adverse side effects would be disqualifying.
Some medications are used "off label,” meaning that the drug may be used to treat conditions that do not fall within the Food and Drug Administration’s approval guidelines for that drug. This is one example in which the FAA might not allow a medication to be used while flying.
If you do not see a particular medication in the database, please call the AOPA Pilot Information Center and speak with one of the medical certification specialists at 800/USA-AOPA. For a more in-depth review of your medical records, consider enrolling in AOPA’s Pilot Protection Services Program.
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