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Medication Class — Antacids/Stomach medications

Medication Class Description:

For more complete discussion on this topic search "GERD" in the Medical Articles section.

For normal "acid indigestion" or reflux esophagitis, over-the-counter (OTC) antacids (Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta, etc.) are allowed. The FAA permits airmen who can document that they do not have an active ulcer to take prescription medications such as Tagamet, Prilosec, Pepcid, Protonix and Zantac. Many of these medications are now available in OTC strengths, and the FAA approves of airmen using them while on flight duty, if there are no side effects.  

Reglan (Metoclopramide), which is used to increase motility of the stomach muscles to improve passage of food in the stomach, was previously allowed in dosages of 10 mg or less if there are no side effects for higher doses a waiver is required.  However, the FAA no longer allows use of this medication as of Fall 2010.

Designed to aid in relief of heartburn type symptoms and to speed emptying of the stomach, Janssen recently initiated a voluntary halt in marketing of this Propulsid (cisapride) due to reports of deaths from cardiac arrhythmias.  It is still available in limited investigational protocols.

Medications Within Class:

Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta, Tagment, Prilosec, Pepcid, Protonix, Zantac, Reglan, Propulsid (cisapride)  Aciphex (Rabeprazole)
Asacol (Mesalamine) ,Axid (Nizatidine) ,Azulfidine ((Sulfasalazine)) ,Cytotec (Misoprostol) , Dipentum (Olsalazine)  Mylanta ,Pepcid (Famotidine)
Prevacid (Lansoprazole) , Prilosec (Omeprazole) ,Propulsid , Protonix (Pantoprazole sodium) , Reglan (Metoclopramide hydrochloride) , Rolaids ,Tagamet (Cimetidine)
Tums , Zantac (Ranitidine)