Diamox for Altitude Sickness

Old Aug 13th, 2008, 12:47 PM
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We were prescribed 500 mg of Diamox capsule taken once a day by our physician.......WAY TOO MUCH! We felt so dizzy, sick, my husband even passed out! We took it one day, then talked to several other tourists who said they took 250 mg once a day. So we poured out half of the diamox and kept the other half in the capsule and it was ALOT better. But to tell you the truth, if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't take the Diamox because the side effects were bad for us, tingling in the fingers and toes, sick, listless and we both still ended up getting altitude sickness but muddled through it within 24 hours, lingering headache though. We did take all the precautions, taking things slowly the first day, drinking LOTS of water, coca tea, 1 cup every 2 hours, taking Excedrine Migraine, and no alcohol or soda pop. We are in our mid 50's and I'm just glad we didn't wait any later in life to go see MachuPicchu, the trails were quite strenuous but worth it. Buy a "hiking stick" in Cusco from one of the vendors, it sure helped.
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I just returned from La Paz and made the mistake of caring about all the negative posts that are out there. In our flight (American Airlines, from Miami), not a single passenger needed oxygen at arrival. I only saw a person with altitude sickness (out of hundreds that arrived that day). Because of panicking with all the negative posts out there, I called my doctor before the trip and asked for Diamox. He prescribed 4 x 250mg a day, that I considered too excessive. So, this is what I did:

1) I took one 250mg Diamox pill a day, two days before flying, this was to make sure that I had no reactions to the medicine.

2) I took one pill at arrival and two extras during the day, for precautions.

3) I took plenty of water (more than 3L a day) and refrained from alcohol and exercise on the first two days.

4) I walked slow on day 1, on day 2, I was feeling full of energy again

5) I had headache in the first evening (14 hours after arrival) but took 2 Ibuprofen pills and slept like a baby

6) I eat light on the first two days

So, I has no issues, the tingles in the hand because of the medication was not bothering, the urge to urinate was to strong enough, so I could carry on.

Previously, I had a severe AMS in Cuzco but in that occasion, I never stopped since arrival, had wine with meals, and even went to a disco. So, I know what the difference is.

It is worth nothing that nobody else was taking Diamox and was just fine. It is important to no stay at El Alto but sleep lower in the city, like Calacoto, at least for the first two nights.

I am not a climber, a trekker or well fit. A colleague of mine, fitter, born in Quito, Ecuador, had trouble at El Alto on day 1, he got tired easily, but as soon as we went back to the city, was swimming at the hotel pool!,

Also, I found the coca tea to be more of a digestive and a very mild remedy, do not rely too much on that, if you are concerned, check with your doctor, but if you take it easy on the first two days, you will feel like running on day three. Do not care much about negative posts that you see on the Internet, thousands of tourists go to La Paz and Cuzco every month and just a small percentage had something serious (as matter of fact, the only time I saw a person in a stretcher, with oxygen, was at immigration at Miami airport!!!

So, take your usual precautions and enjoy!!,

Have a safe trip
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I found out this page...http://www.mythicaltrailsperu.com/he...s-for-peru.htm
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My son was there a couple of months ago and took AltitudeRx and he and his girlfriend hiked the Inca Trail. While others were struggling they had a great time. You might try that as no side effects. The one thing he said when they came back... was the you spend a lot of money to get there...why loose time and feel bad when something works.
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New poster promoting a supplement that contains ginko biloba

From MedScape

In the past, ginkgo biloba had been suggested for AMS prophylaxis. Importantly, a number of recent well-designed studies have found it to be ineffective at preventing AMS. The studies that also included acetazolamide found that acetazolamide alone was effective and that combining ginkgo and acetazolamide did not provide any increased effectiveness.[4, 5] Ginkgo cannot be recommended for AMS.
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I really wish the editors would just ban ALL medical related posts.
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