Go pills are no big deal.
Have you read the side efects of these pills recently? Here they are, I have taken the liberty of highlighting those side-effects you would not want in the cockpit, especially if this cockpit is attached to a fighter/bomber!:
Why is this medication prescribed?
Amphetamines belong to the group of medicines called central nervous system (CNS) stimulants. They are used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Amphetamines increase attention and decrease restlessness in patients who are overactive, unable to concentrate for very long or are easily distracted, and have unstable emotions. These medicines are used as part of a total treatment program that also includes social, educational, and psychological treatment.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. They include:
- False sense of well-being
After these stimulant effects have worn off, drowsiness
, trembling, unusual tiredness or weakness, or mental depression
- Blurred vision
- constipation; diarrhea
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- dryness of mouth or unpleasant taste
- fast or pounding heartbeat
- increased - sweating
- loss of appetite
- nausea or vomiting
- stomach cramps or pain
These more common side effects could lead to some trigger-happyness, especially in stressful areas such as over hostile teritory. Less common, but equally anoying, is having blurred vision. Imagine yourself, your nicely flying at 800 km/u and your wingman has difficulty seeing you!
Moreover, these are the normal symptons under normal conditions. They MIGHT be agravated by flying (I am not a docter, nor am I studying medicines so I do not know), just like the effects of alcohol are a lot worse at high altitude!
If a mission takes longer than the effects of this medicines (I do not know how long this medicine work, I do know there are nowadays some very long duration missions!) you get the side-effects of drowsiness and even mental depression!
There is a reason why drugs are banned in civil aviation!