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I have altitude sickness. how is diamox (acetazolamide)?

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Dr. Marybeth Lambe answered

Specializes in 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 2/22/2014

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