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How can you get over altitude sickness quickly? I don't want to ruin my vacation.

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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine
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In brief: Be Smart

Diamox--a diuretic that is sulfa based--should be taken 12-24 hours before reaching the trouble making altitude.
Also, limit activities; go slow the first day or two. If you can, sleep at a lower altitude than what you are skiing or touring at: this will reduce symptoms too. High dose Motrin with food has been shown useful but discuss with travel provider first. If ill, drop altitude to be safe!

In brief: Be Smart

Diamox--a diuretic that is sulfa based--should be taken 12-24 hours before reaching the trouble making altitude.
Also, limit activities; go slow the first day or two. If you can, sleep at a lower altitude than what you are skiing or touring at: this will reduce symptoms too. High dose Motrin with food has been shown useful but discuss with travel provider first. If ill, drop altitude to be safe!
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Certain diuretics

Certain older diuretics (not thiazides) will help.
In peru, they use a tea not legal in the us.

In brief: Certain diuretics

Certain older diuretics (not thiazides) will help.
In peru, they use a tea not legal in the us.
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
In Tibet, they use a reishi mushroom extract or tea -- legal in US (unlike Coca tea). There is also a vitamin called "Alti-Vit" that contains reishi, Gingko, Rhodiola, etc and supposedly helps prevent altitude sickness.
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