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Medication Class — Male Impotence Medications

Medication Class Description:

FDA authorized Viagra (sildenafil citrate) as the first oral form of treatment (pill) for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. The  FAA recommends  that the Viagra be used strictly in the dosages recommended by the manufacturer and all contraindications (reasons not to use the medication) be strictly observed.  Pilots should not use Viagra within 6 hours of performing their (aviation) duties.   

Levitra (vandenafil) was approved by the FDA in August 2003, has a similar profile to Viagra.  The FAA initially allowed the use of Levitra in pilots.  However, in December 2003, the Federal Air Surgeon restricted pilots' authorization to use Levitra because of concerns about cardiac arrhythmias associated with its use.  The Federal Air Surgeon re-instituted the authorization to take this medication in September 2004.  Its required observation time before flight was changed by the FAA from 6 hours to 36 hours in the Summer of 2012 presumably because of a longer half life.

Cialis (tadalafil),which has a 30 hour effective period, has now also been authorized by the FAA.  It should not be taken within 36 hours of flying. The AMAS section on Erectile Dysfunction medications contains extensive information from many sources and links to the Federal Air Surgeon's Bulletin articles on Viagra and Levitra.

Medications Within Class:

Viagra, Levitra, Cialis