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Medication List

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration does not publish a list of "approved" medications for pilots.  However, FAR 61.53, 67.113, 67.213, 67.313 and 91.17 preclude flying while having a condition or taking a medication that might affect flight safety.  The following link contains medication information specific for Air Traffic Control duty (note that even if allowed for ATCS duty, medication use must be reported to the Regional Flight Surgeon before return to controlling):

We have provided an updated list of medications the FAA commonly authorizes for use during flight and aviation duties, plus restrictions on medication use and those medications the FAA does not normally approve for use.  For detailed descriptions of  the associated medical conditions they treat, please search for related medical articles in the AMAS Information Resources section. 

Remember--the primary issue with the FAA is whether the medical condition for which you are being treated is compatible with safe flight and controlling. The question of treating the condition with medication is of secondary concern. The FAA also will ground pilots and controllers who experience side effects from authorized medications.  

The use of medication is reportable on each FAA medical application in Block #17.  Applicants should indicate the reason for use of the medication and the absence of side effects.  Consult a AMAS physician if you have a question about a specific medication or need a full explanation of the current FAA policy.  

Most importantly, you should only start or stop medications after consulting with your treating physician. 

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