Pilots taking antidepressants can fly as well: FAA

Pilots taking antidepressants can fly as well: FAA

As on Friday it was said by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that antidepressants are banned for pilots who have mild depression.

But now FAA has allowed some pilots to fly who take four popular antidepressants because newer medications have fewer side effects.

According to National Institutes of Health 20 million people in the U.S. have depression which can cause thoughts of suicide, sadness and feelings of worthlessness.

And the pilots who have shown success in controlling their depression for 12 months using one of the medications will be able to seek permission to fly.

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said, "We need to change the culture and remove the stigma associated with depression." As many pilots didn’t turn up because they were scared of losing their jobs.

FAA will allow those pilots to fly who take Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa or Lexapro one of these antidepressants medicines.

The FAA has given grace period of six months who are secretly taking antidepressants and told that they won’t take any action against those pilots if they come forward within given grace period.


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