Welcome Guest. Sign in or Signup

4 Answers

Sleeping Pills

Asked by: 6604 views Private Pilot, Student Pilot

Hey guys , im currently on my IFR training  and many nights ive stayed up late studying  or simulating  and when it comes to my flights fatigue kicks in im tired , im not doing the procedures right.My doctor prescribed me Traxil Alprazolam to help with my insomnia he says their  not addictive  as long as i take them short term. Has anyone tried this medication ?  Does this medication interfere  with my "im safe"  checklist ?



Ace Any FAA Written Test!
Actual FAA Questions / Free Lifetime Updates
The best explanations in the business
Fast, efficient study.
Pass Your Checkride With Confidence!
FAA Practical Test prep that reflects actual checkrides.
Any checkride: Airplane, Helicopter, Glider, etc.
Written and maintained by actual pilot examiners and master CFIs.
The World's Most Trusted eLogbook
Be Organized, Current, Professional, and Safe.
Highly customizable - for student pilots through pros.
Free Transition Service for users of other eLogs.
Our sincere thanks to pilots such as yourself who support AskACFI while helping themselves by using the awesome PC, Mac, iPhone/iPad, and Android aviation apps of our sponsors.

4 Answers

  1. MaggotCFII on Apr 04, 2011

    Take a look on the AOPA site for:
    FAA Accepted Medications Database
    What you cite does not appear in the database, but of the three meds that are there for insomnia; one is disallowed and the other two have contitions attached.
    Absolutly consider this part of your “IMSAFE”.  I’d also ask my AME what he thought.
    After all you really do not want to become part of the instrument panel, should the meds screw up your brain.

    +1 Votes Thumb up 1 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes

  2. Wes Beard on Apr 04, 2011

    The best bet is to talk with your AME about the situation and see what he says.  The other option is to search the AOPA medicine database for your pills.
    On the cause of the fatigue, my advice is to get a good night rest and not worry so much about the studying.  You’ll find you will learn more rapdily and easily when you are fully rested.  Even though you may be in a time critical syllabus like AllATP, it is OK to take a couple extra days so you can absorb the material better.

    0 Votes Thumb up 0 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes

  3. MaggotCFII on Apr 04, 2011

    Did some more digging around and if “Traxil” is the trade/brand name and Alprazolam is the medication – you may have some serious meds in hand.
    Two links:
    Search on the AOPA link that Wes provided above — for “Alprazolam” in the generic field and it returns “Xanax alprazolam”.   It is not allowed.
    Try this site at the Public Medical site for further info on Alprazolam:
    You need to consider what has been said in the two previous postings.

    0 Votes Thumb up 0 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes

  4. eee514 on Apr 07, 2011

    I would also like to add that these pills are highly habit forming and addictive and should not be taken for more than 2 weeks (and even then, not everyday, only when needed). I would strongly suggest finding an alternative to your sleeping dilema, these pills are from a family of drugs called “Benzodiazapines” if I may offer a friendly suggestion; do a wiki on them and see how serious they are and should be avoided unless really needed and from your case you describe, I think you can find a much safer and better suited solution. Good luck!

    0 Votes Thumb up 0 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes

The following terms have been auto-detected the question above and any answers or discussion provided. Click on a term to see its definition from the Dauntless Aviation JargonBuster Glossary.

Answer Question

Our sincere thanks to all who contribute constructively to this forum in answering flight training questions. If you are a flight instructor or represent a flight school / FBO offering flight instruction, you are welcome to include links to your site and related contact information as it pertains to offering local flight instruction in a specific geographic area. Additionally, direct links to FAA and related official government sources of information are welcome. However we thank you for your understanding that links to other sites or text that may be construed as explicit or implicit advertising of other business, sites, or goods/services are not permitted even if such links nominally are relevant to the question asked.