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Medication Class — Dietary Supplements/herbal preparations/vitamins

Medication Class Description:

General nutrition supplements and herbal preparations  that are manufactured and sold within the United States usually are not regulated by the FDA and are not restricted by the FAA for flight duty use. However, pilots should be careful to take these supplements only in recommended doses. Dietary supplements and herbal preparations produced in the United States have not been found to cause positive urine drug test results.  See the VFS sections on Vitamin/Mineral supplements and Herbals/Accessory nutrients and other food supplements for specific information on potential aviation side effects.  Caution is warranted in self-diagnosis and self-treatment of conditions for the purpose of avoiding FAA reporting responsibilities.  This practice may unduly jeopardize personal health and safe flight operations.

On December 30, 2003, the FDA announced a proposed ban on the manufacturing and sale of all products containing the dietary supplement Ephedra, also known as Ma Huang, because of serious risk to human health.  Ephedra is a common component in weight reduction, "fat-burning", energy enhancing and athletic performance supplements.  Its use is associated with heart conditions, stroke and over 150 deaths in the United States. The ban is effective April 12, 2004.

Chinese Herbals containing Aristocholic Acid were restricted as of June 18, 2001 because of association with kidney cancer.



Medications Within Class:

Ephedra (Ma Huang), Aristocholic Acid