Who to ask about Medication Issues
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I'm a non-pilot who wanted to start down the road to private pilot land… and friend/instructor told me to check on my med list to make sure nothing in there would ring bells if i try to get my medical.

Well, turns out two of them are marked as special issuance, and one is a not allowed.

I'm trying to figure out who to ask/talk to about what the special issuance will take to overcome… and if anything can be done about the not allowed.

I will ask my doc about removing the not allowed from my meds… not certain how “required” it is for me and or if there are other options.

Is it safe to ask the faa's resources these kind of questions…or does that ding your application and become a document of record that can be an issue later?

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@Jay Christianson
You can certainly ask the FAA, and you don't have to tell them who's calling.  Best source is your Regional Flight Surgeon's office, which you can locate at:

You can also ask the FAA Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) who will be doing your exam.  However, not all AME's are familiar with the details of the process to obtain FAA Special Issuance for all conditions, so sometimes you need to ask someone who specializes in these issues.  One of the best around is Dr. Bruce Chien, whom you can reach via his web site www.aeromedicaldoc.com.

And do get those answers before you apply for a medical certificate.  If your condition will not allow you to get issued, you may still be able to go the Sport Pilot route without ever applying for a medical, but if you apply and are denied, that route is closed.  Your instructor friend can give you more details on that option.

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@Ronald Levy thanks for the info.   I had also asked this question via an EAA resource and they got me some of the information on the drugs and how to proceed.  At the moment, doesn't look insurmountable…so I hope to proceed with ground school and work on getting the meds in line with what the FAA is watching for.  I probably have to get a couple of evaluations done to go along with the med paperwork, but I don't think that should be an issue (at least to get the materials they want)
 

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@Jay Christianson
Once you get those materials together, get someone like Bruce to review them before submission.  You definitely do not want to submit them with an application before you know they'll pass muster.  That expert review can prevent getting denied over something you could have fixed before submission, or delayed submitting until you better resolved the issue.  Better to go back and fix up your submission based on expert review rather than having that denial on your record even if you do later get issued.  Insurance and later FAA medical applications ask “Have you ever been denied?” without regard to whether you later got issued.

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@Ronald Levy i understand
 

@Jay Christianson  Happy to answer a few questions via email.  Christopher Starnes MD Senior AME  starnesct@gmail.com
 

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@Jay Christianson

If you haven't already, you can upgrade your AOPA membership to include Medical & Legal advice and get the folks in that department to walk you through the process.