Roaccutane and flying

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Roaccutane and flying

Postby rotorbird » Wed Jan 22 2020, 10:42

Hi all,

Unfortunately I am experiencing some persistent acne and am considering going to the dermatologist and going on a course of accutane.

I have previously taken it about 4 years ago now before I started/completed my license and I had no adverse effects on my mental state.

I have contacted CASA and asked if I would have to not fly whilst on a course of accutane and they told me that once I started taking it I would have to then contact CASA or my DAME and notify them and then they would let me know? This confuses me as it’s as though I can start taking it and then they can tell me I can’t fly after that :? I am aware I am unable to undertake any night flying whilst on the medication, which is fine as I do not hold a night rating.

Roaccutane is on the list of ‘medications hazardous in aviation’ and it says on the CASA website that ‘it must not be used without express clearance by CASA or your DAME’.

I was just wondering if anyone has taken accutane to help battle acne and still held their class 1 and been able to fly commercially? I just don’t want to go through the whole process of seeing a GP and then a dermatologist and getting the medication and forking out a lot of $$$ just to find out I can’t fly whilst taking it.

If anyone else has taken accutane whilst flying commercially or any other form of acne medication that wasn’t as intense as accutane please let me know too.

Thank you in advance.
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Re: Roaccutane and flying

Postby havick » Wed Jan 22 2020, 19:49

Just goto a DAME and ask them prior to going down that road. If they’re on board and you have it documented then it’s no problems when you go back to the same DAME for your medical renewal.

It’s a very small price to pay to know for sure. It’s not like you have some condition that you need to be worried about bringing attention to in the first place.

I used roaccutane before I was flying, so don’t envy you.
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Re: Roaccutane and flying

Postby hand in pants » Wed Jan 22 2020, 22:12

TELL THEM NOTHING.

Work things out with your GP. If he says don't fly, don't. Avmed will make your life hell getting useless test after useless test done at your expense. They do not listen to medical specialists. They are there to sign off on a medical certificate for a job having never laid eyes on you. Nothing more. They have become way to invasive over the last 5 or so years.
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Re: Roaccutane and flying

Postby arrrj » Thu Jan 23 2020, 06:18

HIP,

So true.

Particularly if you are over 50 !

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Re: Roaccutane and flying

Postby havick » Thu Jan 23 2020, 06:25

hand in pants wrote:TELL THEM NOTHING.

Work things out with your GP. If he says don't fly, don't. Avmed will make your life hell getting useless test after useless test done at your expense. They do not listen to medical specialists. They are there to sign off on a medical certificate for a job having never laid eyes on you. Nothing more. They have become way to invasive over the last 5 or so years.


He’s only asking them whether he can take it or not.
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Re: Roaccutane and flying

Postby hand in pants » Thu Jan 23 2020, 11:14

havick, I realise that, but as soon as you ask the question they'll want tests done. At your expense.
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Re: Roaccutane and flying

Postby Bedouin Prince » Fri Jan 24 2020, 00:00

hand in pants wrote:TELL THEM NOTHING.

Work things out with your GP. If he says don't fly, don't. Avmed will make your life hell getting useless test after useless test done at your expense. They do not listen to medical specialists. They are there to sign off on a medical certificate for a job having never laid eyes on you. Nothing more. They have become way to invasive over the last 5 or so years.



AMEN BROTHER!!

Like seriously, how in the hell can my vasectomy 5 years ago have any bearing on my ability to fly???
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