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Medication on the Job (Airline Pilot)

“I am an airline pilot and would like to try Ritalin on my vacation. If I try it for four days, how long do I have to wait until I am legal to fly again?”

Airplane cockpit
Airplane cockpit

The FAA guidelines for commercial pilots are very strict about using Ritalin and maintaining your license. I would not want to suggest any strategy that would allow you to take Ritalin and not have it show up on a urine test. There are other medications that can be used to treat ADHD that are not of concern to the FAA. Discuss these with your doctor.

Updated on April 24, 2017

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