Medication Database (Read Disclaimer Before Searching)*
Airman MEDICATION LIST (ATCS, please see our NATCA page.)
*The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration does not publish a comprehensive list of “approved” medications for pilots. However, FAR 61.53, 67.113, 67.213, 67.313 and 91.17 preclude flying while having a condition or taking a medication that might affect flight safety. The following FAA resources are available:
- FAA general guidelines on medications categories in the Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners: https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/avs/offices/aam/ame/guide/pharm/
- FAA “Do Not Fly” list: https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/avs/offices/aam/ame/guide/pharm/dni_dnf/
- FAA Medications and Flying brochure: https://www.faa.gov/pilots/safety/pilotsafetybrochures/media/Meds_brochure.pdf
- FAA guidance on over-the -counter (OTC) and common prescription medications: https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/medical_certification/media/OTCMedicationsforPilots.pdf
We have provided an unofficial database of medications the FAA commonly allows for use during flight and aviation duties, plus restrictions on medication use and those medications the FAA does not normally allow for use. For detailed descriptions of the associated medical conditions they treat, please search for related medical articles in the Medical Articles Database.
Remember–the primary issue with the FAA is whether the medical condition for which you are being treated is compatible with safe flight. The question of treating the condition with medication is of secondary concern. The FAA also will ground pilots and who experience side effects from allowed medications.
The use of medication is reportable on each FAA medical application in Block #17. Applicants should indicate the reason for use of the medication and the absence of side effects. Consult an AMAS physician if you have a question about a specific medication or need a full explanation of the current FAA policy.
Most importantly, you should only start or stop medications after consulting with your treating physician.