Flight to Leh - Diamox necessary?

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#61 Jun 24th, 2014, 19:53
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Interesting to read the above, check the info on Drugs.com - usually reliable - which has similar astronomical dosages. This seems if i read the medspeak right to be the approach of caution and /or profit. i would stick to 125 every 12 hours as a prophylactic and up the dose only on severe symptoms when you cannot descend.
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Okay, I thought I read twice daily for a couple of days before and after arrival here in this thread - that's why I took it in that order. We stopped when the side effects got too heavy though, that's why we only took one the fourth day. But I guess I should have paid attention to the dosage per pill. I guess that could explain why we got hit so hard by some of the side effects. I guess one pill every day, or split a pill i half and spread it out twice a day, the next time then.

Oh, and speaking of dubious health advice. When I first checked with a pharmacy on how to get Diamox the pharmacist had no idea what AMS was.
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Right, the normal dose for a normal sized person is only 125 mg twice a day. You got extreme tingling side effects because you were taking double the normal dose.

The tingling side effects are similar to what you can give yourself by hyperventilating, because Diamox makes you breath a little more than normal.

By the way an American recently told me that the brand Diamox is no longer sold in the US and he couldn't find it until he asked for it by common name acetazolimide.
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This is a very useful and informative thread. My thanks to all those who've contributed here and to the study of this difficult subject.

I have a question: Most sources here and elsewhere say that if you have had some form of altitude sickness in the past, it is likely that you will have it again. If it is not possible to predict who will be affected by altitude sickness, then how can the previous be said? Perhaps there is a link I am missing.

Thanks for clarifying.
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True and not true.
If you get AMS after taking reasonable ascent precautions then you are susceptible to it in the same circs again. If however, you got AMS because of too rapid an ascent them those precautions will guard against it. The only times I have had symptoms in regular trekking to just short of 6000 is when I knew I was the author of my own misfortune.
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The idiots guide to drug usage

A useful and for us laypeople, probably definitive, paper on drug usage in the mountains. Note the dry humour on the topics of alcohol and caffeine.


http://theuiaa.org/upload_area/Commi...-2014-V1-1.pdf
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Hacketts article , which is where the comments on caffeine starts , deserves to be read in full :

Java At Base Camp

Interesting read , including the comments on warring factions in these circles.
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Hacketts article , which is where the comments on caffeine starts , deserves to be read in full :

Java At Base Camp

Interesting read , including the comments on warring factions in these circles.
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