Sex Drug, Viagra, Not Pilot Friendly, So Says FAA

ERJ-135

New Member
Viagra: Have You Wondered?
It's a Drug; FAA Says to Give it 12 Hours

Viagra, subject of public jokes and private adulation, is still a drug, and it can interfere with flying -- and you are subject to the same limitations as with any prescription drug, in its use.

Sildenafil, the generic name for the little blue pill, is not a
potency-enhancer, any more than Rogaine is a hair-grower. Rogaine works by blocking DHT, which is a contributor to male-pattern baldness.

Viagra attacks cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). Viagra blocks "PDE5," which is directly responsible for producing smooth muscle relaxation in the corpus cavernosum and allowing the inflow of blood. Thus, by inhibiting
PDE5, sildenafil has the potential to improve male erectile function.

So, what does that have to do with flying? Well, one of its effects is to affect color acuity, making some colors appear more blue. Since color differentiation is a required ability of pilots, and sildenafil can temporarily impair that ability, you shouldn't fly an aircraft within 12 hours of taking the PDE5 blocker.

Sildenafil, we're told, alters nitric oxide metabolism. That can also affect cone cell functions in the retina, making objects appear bluish.

Some have asked if Viagra can lower blood pressure. Well, that's an interesting question. It's quite possible that... no, let's stay scientific here. Sildenafil itself does not lower blood pressure, but it can act, we're told, with blood-pressure-lowering ("anti-hypertensive") drugs, to perhaps lower BP farther than planned.

Twelve hours from "throttle down" to "throttle up?" ... from "gear down" to "gear up?" ...from "flying high" to "flying?" Just remember to give it time... we don't care how you remember; just remember.
FMI: www.hf.faa.gov/docs/508/docs/cami/00_20.pdf
 

IrishSheepdog

Sitting in the median
I accidentally deleted the other one off my web server. So I had to upload it again, but it's on my laptop not this computer. So I just grabbed that one... she's hotter in that picture anyways.
 

flyguy

Well-Known Member
Of course viagra is a problem for pilots. A pilot who can't get up on his own is worthless.
 

I_Money

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