Faa use of sedating antihistamines
Larry has a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree and has been a pharmacist for 37 years.Larry’s pharmacy practice has been as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Cardiology and most recently as an Orthopedic Surgery Specialist.Remember, a bad head cold may be a "medical deficiency" under the regulations.For other pulmonary conditions such as asthma, the FAA approves the use of inhalers, including Proventil, Azmacort, Becanase, or Vancenase, on a case-by-case basis, based on a review of the history of symptoms.The symptoms associated with common upper respiratory infections, even a bad cold, will usually suppress a pilot's desire to fly, and treating symptoms with a drug that causes side effects only compounds the problem.Allegra (fexofenadine), Claritin (loratidine) and Hismanol (astemizole) are noted to be non-sedating and allowed by the FAA, even though you still might not be legal under FAR 61.53.
These medications include narcotic analgesics, stimulants, sedatives, hypnotics, amphetamines, barbiturates, anti-anxiety drugs, muscle relaxants, tranquilizers, and antipsychotics (neuroleptics).Medications are prescribed to treat a medical condition and the condition itself may be considered disqualifying with or without medication usage.Some of the most commonly used OTC drugs, antihistamines and decongestants, have the potential to cause some of the most noticeable side effects and may well be disqualifying as a result.There are several thousand controlled prescription drugs currently approved by the U. These warnings pose obviously greater significance for flying.
While some individuals experience no side effects with a particular drug, others may be noticeably affected.
When you visit your physician for the Basic Med examination, the checklist that you and your physician complete will list any prescription or non-prescription medication that you currently use, as well as information such as the medication name and dosage.