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Medication Class — Antidepressants and psychoactive medications

Medication Class Description:

For a more detailed discussion on this topic, search for "depression"  or "anxiety" in the Medical Articles section

Prior to the summer of 2010, the FAA did not approve any of the medications in this category--including serotonin uptake inhibitors (Celexa, Effexor, Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft) as well as other psychoactive medications (Lithium, Buspar, Elavil, Sinequan, Amitripityline, etc.).   These medications are sometimes used for non-psychiatric conditions, but are still not approved for use in flight in this context.

The FAA generally requires the pilot to wait 60-90 days after completing treatment with the medication. You must submit records of your treatment to the FAA for the agency's approval. Formal psychological testing is often required. VFS can assist with this process.
 

Starting in April 2010 FAA policy does allow an option for airman to be certified if on monotherapy for at least 12 months with only Celexa, Zoloft, Prozac, or Lexapro.  This policy does not apply to controllers.  See Depression in the Medical Articles section for more detailed discussion.    



Medications Within Class:

Celexa (citlapram hydrobromide), Effexor (venlafaxine HCL) , Prozac (fluoxetine HCL)  , Paxil (paroxetine HCL), Zoloft (sertraline HCL), Lithium(, Buspar (buspirone HCL) , Elavil, Sinequan (doxepin), Amitripityline