Do You Currently Use Any Medication (Prescription or Nonprescription)?

Item 17a: Application Process for Medical Certification

Apr 2014

Abbreviated Briefing:
  • You will be guided through an electronic interface to enter your medications one at a time
  • You must enter all specifics:

    • Medication Name
    • Dose
    • Units (mg, etc)
    • Frequency
    • Whether Previously Reported to FAA

Guidance is compiled and interpreted by professional pilots and physicians at from the 2014 AME Guide pages 32-33, FAA and FDA web data ( &, 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:

  1. Enter the name of the first medication in the text box.
  2. Enter dosage information in the text box.
  3. Select a dosage unit from the drop down box.
  4. Select a frequency from the drop down box.
  5. If the medication was previously reported on an FAA medical examination, select the check box.
  6. Click the button as demonstrated below on screen shots adapted from the MedXPress User Guide / FAQ section:

    Start by typing in a medication to add
  7. 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:

    Alternate Spelling List for Medications
  8. If the correct medication name is not listed in the drop down, select the check box and click the button:

    Medications not found in Database
  9. The medication and its associated dosage information will display below the appropriate column headings as "Medication not listed":

    Medication and Dosage Drop Down List
  10. If the correct medication name is listed, select the medication name from the drop down box and click the button:

    Select Medication
  11. 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:

    Repeat Until No More Medications to Add

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 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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