Why are some medications disqualifying


Well-Known Member
Since I have a lot of disorders and since I'm getting medications for it, I just wondered why are some medications disqualifying for me? For example, why does Prozac, Risperdone, and Adderall are disqualifying? Do they make you feel better? Would you let a person with OCD and depression fly without his medication? I wouldn't.

My Flight Surgeon

Sr. Aviation Medical Examiner
Medications are disqualifying for two reasons: 1) adverse effects of the medication and 2) the underlying disease process for which the medication is prescribed.

The good thing is that the FAA does let pilots fly with some medications and diseases that are well controlled. I can remember when any medication would be disqualifying.