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FAA Medical Certification | Psychotropic Medications
Pilots who take one of four (4) antidepressants - Celexa (Citalopram Hydrobromide), Lexapro (Escitalopram Oxalate), Prozac (Fluoxetine Hydrochloride), Zoloft (Sertraline Hydrochloride) may be considered by the FAA on a case by case basis only. Applicants may be considered after extensive testing and evidence of successful use for one year without adverse effects. Medications used for psychiatric conditions* are rarely approved by the FAA. The FAA has approved approximately fifty (50) class one airmen and less than 150 total pilots approved under the FAA's SSRI protocol. Most psychotropic drugs are not approved under any circumstances.
This includes but is not limited to:
After discontinuing the medication, a detailed psychiatric evaluation should be obtained. The evaluation must be conducted in a set format and in compliance with FAA protocol. There are several parameters involved with the evaluation. Resolved issues and stability off the medication are usually the primary factors for approval.
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