FAA doesn’t allow its pilots to fly on SSRIs without careful monitoring

SSRIFAA in the USA does not allow pilots to fly on SSRIs without careful monitoring  — this is not because people who are depressed are dangerous…it’s because SSRIs are often dangerous. They have been, for a long time, associated with increased suicidal impulses as well as violence.

SEE : Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners Item 47. Psychiatric Conditions – Use of Antidepressant Medications

See also : SSRIstories.org — SSRI Stories is a collection of over 5,000 stories that have appeared in the media (newspapers, TV, scientific journals) in which prescription drugs were mentioned and in which the drugs may be linked to a variety of adverse outcomes including violence.

Update: I hadn’t seen this piece by David Healy MD: Winging it: Antidepressants and Plane Crashes

Driving while medicated (on psychiatric as well as a lot of other drugs) can also, in general, impair people’s capacity to drive safely. It’s worth being aware of this reality.

Info on SSRIs from Beyond Meds (not an exhaustive list of info):

Posts on psychiatric drug withdrawal:

Please do not attempt to discontinue psych drugs without first very carefully educating yourself on the risks involved so that you might minimize the chances of developing grave iatrogenic illness if you decide to withdraw: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up

●  Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up

 ●  Online Support in Withdrawal

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