Amitriptyline

Discussion in 'Medical Topics' started by anon, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. anon

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    I currently take 50mg amitriptyline for headaches, though my headaches have improved and I am starting to taper off from the medication. Will this impact my 3rd class medical exam?
     
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  2. lbfjrmd

    lbfjrmd Pre-takeoff checklist

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    yes ... it is a non-approved medication.
     
  3. anon

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    Even if I have been off it for 60-90 days when I get examined with a form from my physician showing no side effects? I have only been taking the meds for 2-3 months.
     
  4. anon

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    One more thing. Is there anyone knowledgeable in this field I can contact about this question?
     
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    What guidance would you provide Anon so he would be successful renewing his 3rd class?
     
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    Get a really, really good AME.

    Amitriptyline Hydrochloride is considered a psychotropic medication. It requires a case by case evaluation if you're taking it. If you do not need it anymore, you should be off the drug for 90 days (maybe only 60) before your medical. But even then, a psychiatric evaluation is probably required.
     
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    my guidance is slightly diff from Dr. B. if i were the airman i would ask my AME to submit exam as a deferral stating the basic facts ... and wait for their reply. I suspect a aviation psychiatrist will be recommended next.
     
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    I'm guessing a lot is going to ride on what diagnosis(es) the doctor(s) have put into your records.
     
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    Amen.
    Duration of the Rx
    Age at first rx
    How many episodes of rx?
    What the Rx was for
    Was the doc who rx’d this qualified to know what else might be ongoing.
    Does your doc “self discredit” in his record.....

    And though Dr. LBF & I both share the FAA playbook, I emphasize getting it through in one pass. I have never seen the agency so badly constipated as it is today....