Altitude Sickness Drugs
Medications used to treat high altitude illness include:
- Acetazolamide (Diamox)
- Aspirin or acetaminophen for headache
- Dexamethasone (Decadron)
- Diuretics, such as Lasix
- Oxygen: especially during sleep
The early use of acetazolamide can help prevent mountain sickness. Taking this medicine a day or two before, and for the first 2-3 days at altitude will prevent high altitude illness in most people. Oxygen promptly relieves headache, dizziness, and most other symptom.
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