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I have been passing out a lot. Is it safe to fly?

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Published At April 30, 2016
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am suffering from dizziness. I was getting lightheaded and close to fainting. Lately, I have been passing out a lot. I have an early morning flight tomorrow. Is it safe to fly? Is there a possibility of me fainting on the plane? My current medication includes Prozac, Trazodone and Gabapentin.

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com. As you complaint of frequent passing out, I will advise you to see a doctor to examine you and find the cause behind it. However, the most common cause of frequent pass out can be orthostatic hypotension. It means that when you get up fast there is not enough blood supply going to your brain causing you dizzy, may be along with sweating and fainting. In such situation you make sure, you are not traveling alone. Stay well hydrated, eat well and get up slowly from lying or sitting position. Monitor your blood pressure. You doctor will examine for any heart related circulatory or low blood pressure causing problem. Sometimes, low hemoglobin can also lead to fainting. However, it is not advisable at all to travel alone and without doctor's examination and fitness certificate to fly in such condition.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vandana Andrews
Dr. Vandana Andrews

General Practitioner

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