Antacids : Rules for Pilots

FAA Policies on Pharmaceuticals for Airmen

Apr 2014

Guidance is compiled and interpreted by professional pilots and physicians at from the 2014 AME Guide, 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).


  1. Code of Federal Regulations (Legal Extract)

  2. Medical History:
    See Item 18.i.,Stomach, liver, or intestinal trouble. The applicant should provide history and treatment, pertinent medical records, current status report, and medication. If a surgical procedure was done, the applicant must provide operative and pathology reports.
  3. Aeromedical Decision Considerations:
    See Item 38, Abdomen and Viscera, Aerospace Medical Disposition Table.
  4. Protocol:
    See Peptic Ulcer.
  5. Pharmaceutical Considerations:
    The prophylactic use of medications including simple antacids, H-2 inhibitors or blockers, proton pump inhibitors, and/or sucralfates may not be disqualifying, if free from side effects.

Summary: This page reviewed the medical and legal aviation aspects of Antacids compiled from recent FAA and FDA reports.

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