A 41-year-old member asked:
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i have altitude sickness. how is diamox (acetazolamide)?

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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
45 years experience Travel Medicine
Brief Summary: This is a sulfa medicine and mild diuretic. Normally start 12-24 hours ahead of time. Causes tingling limbs, change in taste, ; can cause blurred vision and dry mouth with other rarer side effects. Works best as preventative. Higher dose needed to treat once have mountain sickness. If ill with significant altitude sickness, go down to lower altitude or risk serious illness and possible death.
Answered on Feb 22, 2014

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Diamox (acetazolamide): See: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/diamox-side-effects.html
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Vominting for 2 wks: Yes Diamox (acetazolamide) is sometimes used to prevent altitude sickness. Vomiting for two weeks does not sound like altitude sickness. It sounds m ... Read More
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Not really: Fundamentals include gradual ascent, graded exercise, prevention of dehydration, avoidance of alcohol and prompt recognition of symptoms. Acetazolami ... Read More

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