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Does rapid breathing at high altitudes results to respiratory alkalosis?

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Dr. Laura Arbogast
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In brief: Yes

Actually, since you're at high altitude the low pressures cause you to breathe faster to get enough oxygen and therefore you're blowing off co2 at a faster rate which results in a respiratory alkalosis.
This can be prevented by a medication called Diamox (acetazolamide) and also controlling how high you ascend in a day.

In brief: Yes

Actually, since you're at high altitude the low pressures cause you to breathe faster to get enough oxygen and therefore you're blowing off co2 at a faster rate which results in a respiratory alkalosis.
This can be prevented by a medication called Diamox (acetazolamide) and also controlling how high you ascend in a day.
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