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Medication Class — Asthma Medications

Medication Class Description:

The FAA approves use of certain medications for treatment of mild asthma. The agency must review and approve the condition and treatment on a case-by-case basis before permitting the airman to return to flight duties.  VFS can assist pilots in completing the FAA required documentation for a waiver to fly on asthma medications.

As of 9 Apr 2013, the FAA released a new policy to allow AMEs to certify airmen with "mild or seasonal asthma" without a Special Issuance or wavier with the following caveats:

·         Stable
·         Symptoms no more than 2 days weekly (rescue inhaler not used more than this)
·         Oral steroids not used more than twice yearly and no more than 2 outpatient exacerbations in the last year.  Any inpatient episodes require FAA review
·         Current pulmonary function testing reaching at least 80% within the last 90 days before exam


Medications Within Class:

Advair, Flovent (Fluticasone Propiona)  Accolate (Zafirlukast)
Aerobid (Flunisolide)  Azmacort (Tiamcinolone)  Foradil (Formoterol)  Proventil, Pentolin, Ventolin (Albuterol) Serevent (Salmeterol)  Singulair (Montelukast)  Theo-Dur, Uniphyl (Theophylline) Xolair (Omalizumab)  Zyflo (Zileuton)