Do You Currently Use Any Medication (Prescription or Nonprescription)?
Item 17a: Application Process for Medical Certification
- You will be guided through an electronic interface to enter your medications one at a time
You must enter all specifics:
- Medication Name
- Units (mg, etc)
- Whether Previously Reported to FAA
Guidance is compiled and interpreted by professional pilots and physicians at FlightPhysical.com from the 2014 AME Guide pages 32-33, FAA and FDA web data (www.FAA.gov & www.FDA.gov), instructions specified in the Aeronautical Information Manual, Federal Air Surgeon Bulletins from 1999-2015, and 14 CFR Part 61 and Part 67 (the FARs).
As you are entering your medication list in question the first part of item 17 through MedXPress, select either the or radio button. This includes both prescription and nonprescription medication. If is selected (taking at least one medication), continue entering the necessary medication information:
- Enter the name of the first medication in the text box.
- Enter dosage information in the text box.
- Select a dosage unit from the drop down box.
- Select a frequency from the drop down box.
- If the medication was previously reported on an FAA medical examination, select the check box.
- Click the button as demonstrated below on screen shots adapted from the MedXPress User Guide / FAQ section:
- If an exact match for the medication could not be found, an error message will display and a drop down box of possible matches will be provided:
If the correct medication name is not listed in the drop down, select the check box and click the button:
The medication and its associated dosage information will display below the appropriate column headings as "Medication not listed":
If the correct medication name is listed, select the medication name from the drop down box and click the button:
The medication and its associated dosage information will display below the appropriate column headings. Repeat this process for each medication. Medication information can be deleted by clicking on the displayed to the right of each medication listed:
AME Instructions: if the applicant checks , give name of medication(s) and indicate if the medication was listed in a previous FAA medical examination.
Additional guidelines for the for Airmen and AMEs about the certification of airmen who use medication may be found throughout the AME Guide and on this site in the following sections of FlightPhysical.com web site:
As an example instruction-set for AMEs: any airman who is undergoing continuous treatment with anticoagulants, antiviral agents, anxiolytics, barbiturates, chemotherapeutic agents, experimental hypoglycemic, investigational, mood-ameliorating, motion sickness, narcotic, sedating antihistaminic, sedative, steroid drugs, or tranquilizers must be deferred certification unless the treatment has previously been cleared by FAA medical authority. In such an instance, the applicant should provide the AME with a copy of any FAA correspondence that supports the clearance. Also see the list of Specifically Banned Medications.
During periods in which the foregoing medications are being used for treatment of acute illnesses, the airman is under obligation to refrain from exercising the privileges of his/her airman medical certificate unless cleared by the FAA. More about CFR § 61.53 Pilot's Duty to Ground Themselves when Sick of Injured...
Further information concerning an applicant's use of medication may be found under the items pertaining to specific medical condition(s) for which the medication is used, or AMEs should contact their Regional Flight Surgeon.
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