Daytime cold medicine

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  1. Scott@KTYR

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    Does the FAA allow a pilot to fly if they are taking daytime cold medicine?
    DayQuil contains
    Acetaminophen
    Phenylalanine HCI
    Dextromethorphan HBr
     
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    I don't know the proper aeromedical opinion.

    But for me IM SAFE definitely applies. DayQuil does things to me and my cognitive that makes me heed the warning not to operate big machinery. I feel like my synapses have turned to a sticky muddy goo.

    I self ground until I'm off of it for several days.
     
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    I don't know the official aeromedical opinion either.

    However, I wouldn't. Dextromethorphan interacts in many ways with the central nervous system. I'm sure that @steingar or @bbchien can provide more details.

    Aside from the medicine, why fly with blocked ears? I did so once, towards the end of a cold, and sure wished I didn't. Landing with blocked ears is quite a distraction.
     
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    If I'm sick enough to take cold medicine, I don't fly so it seems to work itself out that way.
     
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    :yeahthat:

    Go up once with a cold and you won’t do it again.
     
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    I flew to England on a C-5 with a cold. (I was deploying for the AF so I didn't have much choice) The pain was so great when we descended that I had blood behind my ear drums. Its a wonder that my eardrums didn't burst.
     
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    Dextromethorphan is grounding.
     
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    BTDT too. I'll never forget the pain.
     
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