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FAA Medical Certification | Allergy & Cold Medications


The following briefly outlines allergy and cold medications which are approved by the FAA on a case by case basis*:


Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) Entex (phenylpropanolamine) are approved by the FAA provided they are not combined with an antihistamine. 

Over the counter medications - FAA publication


Vitamin B-12 or other prophylactic injections are approved provided there are no side effects.

Claritin (Loratadine), Clarinex (Desloratadine) and Allegra (Fexofenadine) are acceptable to the FAA provided no negative side effects are experienced.


  • Afrin (Oxymetazoline Hydrochloride)
  • Atrovent (Ipratropium) CASE BY CASE ONLY
  • Beconase (Beclomethasone Dipropionate)
  • Flonase (Fluticasone Propionate)
  • Nasalcrom (Cromolyn Sodium)
  • Nasalide (Flunisolide)
  • Vancenase (Beclomethasone Dipropionate)

Sedating medications are not acceptable.  This includes but is not limited to: Cetirazine (Zyrtec), Dipenhydramine (Benadryl),
Astelin (Azelastine) Nasal Inhaler.

Research which illustrates the dangers of OTC Allergy / Cold Medications

*It is assumed that allergies or colds being treated are not chronic,
or severe and that medications will be used short term as directed by a physician.

Contact us at 800-699-4457 or Submit a medication confidentially
so we may establish your eligibility for FAA medical certification.

There is no charge for initial consultations.

Federal Air Surgeon's Medical Bulletin Cold Meds Article

                                                                                                                                         Update 10-02-07

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