Pilots should consider the potential side effects of over-the-counter and prescription medications very carefully before flying.
“Pilots who have questions about a medication should talk to their physician, pharmacist or aviation medical examiner,” said recently retired FAA Federal Air Surgeon Jon L. Jordan. “When in doubt, don’t fly.”
To ensure that pilots are aware of the risks of some medications, the FAA is providing AMEs with a new brochure called “Medications and Flying.” It tells pilots to consider the underlying condition being treated and any potential adverse reactions. Useful tips and facts on the common side effects of frequently used medications are available at FAA.gov/Pilots/Safety/PilotSafetyBrochures/Media/Meds_Flying_web.pdf.
For printed copies of the brochure, contact: FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, Shipping Clerk, AAM-400. P.O. Box 25082, Oklahoma City, Okla., 73125, or call 405-954-4831.