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Medication Class — Parkinson's Disease Medications

Medication Class Description:

In certain situations, the FAA allows airmen to use certain medications to control Parkinson's disease. The FAA must review and qualify each individual case before the airman can return to flight duty.   Mirapex and Requip were new medications that until recently had been authorized for use on a case by case basis. This is no longer true. In the summer of 2009, the FAA also stopped allowing use of selegiline (Eldepryl, Zelapar, l-deprnyl) as they may break down to metabolites of methamphetamine.  In Oct 2009 VFS was notified that Azilect was also disapproved. Tasmar and Permax (removed from authorized medications Jan 04) are also not approved.  A new medication, Comtan, is currently not waiverable.  Stalevo is also not approved.

Sinemet in the carbidopa/levodopa category is the only acceptable treatment option at this point.



Medications Within Class:

Mirapex, Requip, Sinemet, Eldepryl, Tasmar, Permax, Comtan, Azilect, Stalevo