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Pilot Protection Services Medical Mailbag- May Q&a

QUESTION: My family has a history of high cholesterol. If I need to start using medication for this condition, will I need to self-ground during any period or will my next medical be cause me to be grounded for anytime? ANSWER: Good on you for thinking about such things – abnormal blood lipid levels (it is a bit more complicated than just “high cholesterol” – check out our prior articles on the topic) are a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, but one that can be addressed by diet, weight loss, exercise and yes, medications. As we have noted on several occasions in the past, the use of cholesterol lowering medication needs to be reported in Block 17(a) of the FAA medical history and the AME needs to comment on whether you have had any side effects. This condition does not result in a waiver nor must you report the results of current cholesterol levels. To be safe, if you are placed on a new medication, you should ground yourself for 72 hours. The next time you have an FAA examination performed you can report the new medication. QUESTION: What impact does taking Metformin (500mg/day) have on my Class III medical? ANSWER: Metformin is a medication commonly used to treat d Continue reading >>

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  1. alman

    hello everyone
    i was put on metformin 1st week of feburary. 2days later i had real bad ringing in my ears, also my vision got real blurry, like there was a fog. i got off the metformin, and the vision cleared up, but the ringing is still there a little. my blood sugars are good except before breakfast. around 125. during the day now they vary from 125 to 160 after 2 hours of eating.
    i had hit 600 before i went to the doctor. diet and execersize seems to be doing the trick. but the ringing is still there.

  2. Carwy

    Have to ask. Are you married? If so did your wife hit you in the head with a frying pan?? J/K:tomato:

  3. Cinnabon

    Could be that your body is getting used to running normal levels. It takes a while for the body to get used to that.
    Here are some Side effects, a bit rare but here they are:
    nausea, vomiting, gas, bloating, lactic acidosis, diarrhea and loss of appetite. These symptoms occur in one out of every three patients. These side effects may be severe enough to cause therapy to be discontinued in one out of every 20 patients. These side effects are related to the dose of the medication and may decrease if the dose is reduced.

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