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    Would taking a beta blocker for high blood pressure disqualify you from getting your FAA medical?
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    I take this and it is OK with the FAA

    Diovan is the #1 prescribed blood pressure medicine of its type.
    Diovan is a prescription blood pressure medicine called an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It relaxes and widens your blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more easily. This helps reduce your blood pressure and the stress on your heart.

    not a beta blocker though, my doc tried to put me on a beta blocker and I started gaining a pound a month, I would not put up with that and he came up with Diovan.

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    I take lisinopril 10mg and passed with flying colors. Had to have a initial EKG and blood work done up. No problems though.

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    AkKevin,
    Try looking up your medication on this site.

    http://www.leftseat.com/medcat1.htm

    As it says on the site, the FAA has not published a list of meds which disqualify an applicant from receiving a medical certificate but the meds listed are normally approved.

    The other thing to try if your not sure if you can pass an FAA medical exam is to schedule two appointments. On day one have the doctor give you an exam and review you medical history but DO NOT fill out the application for a medical certificate. After the consultation ask the doctor if there is anything that would disqualify you. Assuming everything is OK, on day two go in for another exam with the medical certificate application filled out.

    Once the paperwork for the medical certificate has been initiated the the doctor must disqualify you and send the paperwork into the FAA if you don't meet any of the standards . If you have some problem that would keep you from qualifing for a medical certificate, but you can get it corrected, it will be much easier to get the medical certificate later if you have not been previously rejected. Doing two exams will cost more but it may be cheaper at twice the price if you get disqualified.

    Another option is to find a J3 or or other plane under 1320lbs gross weight, fly it under light sport and forget about the medical certificate.

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    Thanks for all your input guys. Kevin
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