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Old 9th Sep 2022, 17:22
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Zopiclone and PPL training…and maybe career

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I am trying to find out if taking a one off dose of Zopiclone for sleep related issues is ok whilst training?

The CAA website says that it is “disqualifying for medical certification”.

What exactly does that mean? Does it mean that if someone has ever taken it they won’t get a medical? Or is there a time limit?

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Old 10th Sep 2022, 09:00
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Take it once and you'll be required to state that on your medical application form.
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Speak to an AME, not an internet forum.

As above you may have declare it for life and be prevented from flying until a certain period without use has passed.

You need your wits about you when learning to fly so any sedative drug is not a good idea.

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Old 10th Sep 2022, 13:29
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From the CAA website:

All other hypnotics, including Zolpidem, Zopiclone and “over the counter” preparations such as Diphenhydramine and Promethazine are disqualifying for medical certification.
The way I read that is that if it is an ongoing prescription then it is disqualifying. However if you have taken it in the past but are no longer taking any medication related to your mental health then your AME is likely to be able to work with you on a way forwards. However, any past treatment for that subject would still need to be declared on your application.

Sadly since the GermanWings crash the whole industry is paranoid about allowing another occurrence. It doesn't mean you'll never get a medical, but don't expect an easy ride.
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Old 10th Sep 2022, 15:19
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Originally Posted by Thesootybear123 View Post
Hello

I am trying to find out if taking a one off dose of Zopiclone for sleep related issues is ok whilst training?
You have to ask yourself what the underlying cause of the sleep issues were.
If this is a prescription something else was diagnosed.
That no longer needs to be an issue.
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Old 11th Sep 2022, 10:03
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As already stated you must discuss your personal health, in confidence, with an AME. No other opinion is worth a jot. Best wishes, I hope for good news and that you will be flying soon.
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