Approved Medications:

For occasional use in minor, self-limiting ailments lasting < 1 week.

  • Paracetamol (Panadol™, Panamax™)

  • Ibuprofen (Nurofen™, Advil™)

  • Aspirin (Aspro™, Disprin™)

  • Antacids (Mylanta™, Gaviscon™)

  • Ranitidine (Zantac™, Rani™)

  • Laxatives

  • Suppositories such as Anusol™ or Proctosedyl™

  • Non-sedating antihistamines:

    • Fexofenadine/Telfast™

    • Loratadine/Claratyne™

    • Desloratadine/Aerius™

Ongoing use:

  • Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill

  • Progesterone-Only Contraceptive Pill

  • Depo-Progesterone (Depo-Provera™/Depo-Ralovera™) injection

  • Implanon™ implant

  • Intrauterine contraceptive device (including Mirena™) - Note: 24 hour grounding following insertion.

  • Topical ointments and creams

    • antiseptics

    • topical antibiotics

    • aciclovir/Zovirax™

    • antifungal creams

    • weak steroid creams (eg Hydrocortisone 1%)

    • tar preparations

  • Vaginal creams and suppositories

  • Skin cancer treatments

    • Imiquimod/Aldara™

    • Fluorouracil/Efudix™

Medications hazardous in aviation

The following are a selection of commonly used medications which are hazardous in aviation. They must not be used without express clearance by CASA or your DAME.

Just because a medication is not on this list, does not imply it is approved.

  • Acne treatments:

    • Isotretinoin (Roaccutane™)

  • Blood thinners:

    • Apixaban (Eliquis™)

    • Dabigatran (Pradaxa™)

    • Rivaroxaban (Xarelto™)

    • Warfarin (Coumadin™, Marevan™)

    • Clopidogrel (Plavix™, Clovix™)

  • Erection medications:

    • Sildenafil (Viagra™)

    • Tadalafil (Cialis™)

    • Vardenafil (Levitra™)

  • Pain Medications:

    • Pregabalin (Lyrica™)

  • Sleeping tablets:

    • Temazepam (Temaze™, Normison™)

    • Zolpidem (Stilnox™)

    • Zopiclone (Imovane™)

  • Vaccinations/Immunisations:

    • Aviation related duties should not be undertaken for 24 hours after receiving a vaccination/immunisation

Medications prohibited in aviation

The following are a selection of commonly used medications which are prohibited for use in aviation. You must not exercise the privileges of your medical certificate while taking these medications, and must be cleared by your DAME (or CASA) following cessation.

Just because a medication is not on this list, does not imply it is approved.

  • Non-sedating antihistamines

    • Cetirizine (Alzene™, Zyrtec™)

  • Heart medications

    • Glyceryl Trinitrate (Minitran™, Nitro-Dur™, Transiderm-Nitro™, Anginine™)

    • Isosorbine Mononitrate (Duride™, Imdur™, Imtrate™, Monodur™)

  • Pain Medications

    • Codeine (Codalgin™, Panadeine™, Codalgin Forte™, Panadeine Forte™, Aspalgin™)

    • Oxycodone (Endone™, Oxycontin™, Oxynorm™, Targin™)

    • Tramadol (Tramal™, Tramedo™, Zydol™)

  • Smoking cessation:

    • Varenicline (Champix™)

  • Weight loss medication:

    • Phentermine (Duromine)