BP Meds?


Well-Known Member
Was just wondering if their were certain types of BP meds that would disqualify someone from a Cat 1 medical. I understand that the different categories would be calcium channel blockers, ace inhibitors and beta blockers. Thanks doc:)

My Flight Surgeon

Sr. Aviation Medical Examiner
Medications acceptable to the FAA for treatment of hypertension in airmen include all Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved diuretics, alpha-adrenergic blocking agents, beta-adrenergic blocking agents, calcium channel blocking agents, angiotension converting enzyme (ACE inhibitors) agents, and direct vasodilators.

Centrally acting agents (such as, reserpine, guanethidine, guanadrel, guanabenz, and methyldopa) are not acceptable to the FAA.


New Member
I believe that one needs to wait two weeks before flying to make sure no side effects.

What if you change to a different bp med do you have to wait another two weeks?