Altitude Sickness Remedy?

What over the counter meds can I bring to counteract altitude sickness?

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  • Lana
    Lv 4
    2 decades ago
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    May be this will help

    Whether you are planning to spend your vacation in the mountains or you are going to visit a high-altitude destination as a part of your travel, there is always a threat of the altitude sickness to occur. To deal successfully with the problem, in order not to get any harmful effects for your health, you should possess enough information about this rather unusual disease.


    Finally, the longed-for time of your vacation has come, the place is chosen (let it be the Alps), the tickets are booked, the bags are packed and you are looking forward to your first holidays in the mountains! When, out of the blue, you come across some really irritating and disturbing information, concerning the altitude sickness. Certainly, you first impulse is to pretend that you did not notice it, however, think, why should you let anything spoil your fun, only because you are too careless?

    In fact, there are several things that a person, traveling to a high-altitude destination, should know. What are they?

    First of all, what is meant by the altitude sickness? The altitude sickness is a form of a motion sickness and is divided into three syndromes: acute mountain sickness (AMS), high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE) and high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE). AMS is the most common form of the altitude illness and, while it can occur at altitudes as low as 1,219-1,829m (4,000-6,000ft), most often it happens in abrupt ascents to >2,743m (>9,000ft).

    Secondly, why does the altitude sickness appear? The altitude illness is the result of traveling to a higher altitude faster than the body can adapt to that new altitude. Fluid leakage from blood vessels appears to be the main cause of the symptoms.

    Thirdly, you may think it is necessary to know in advance if you are at risk of suffering from the altitude sickness. However, travelers vary considerably in their susceptibility to the altitude illness and no screening tests are available to predict someone's risk for it. Susceptibility to the altitude illness appears to be inherent in some way and is not affected by training or physical fitness.

    How a traveler has responded in the past to exposure to the high altitude is the most reliable guide for the future trips but is not infallible. Nevertheless, there are some medical conditions, being under which makes the risk of the altitude disease higher. They are the following: congestive heart failure, myocardial ischemia (angina), sickle cell disease or any form of pulmonary insufficiency. Such people should be advised to consult a doctor familiar with the high-altitude illness, before undertaking such travel.

    Then, what are the symptoms of the altitude sickness? In fact, they resemble those of an alcohol hangover: headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, and, occasionally, vomiting.

    What should you do to protect yourself from the threat of the altitude sickness? Determining an itinerary that will avoid any occurrence of the altitude illness is difficult due to variations in individual susceptibility, as well as in starting points and terrain. One of the most important things is not to exclude the possibility of the disease to happen.

    The three rules that travelers should be aware of are:

    • Learn the early symptoms of the altitude illness and be willing to admit that you have them.

    • Never ascend to sleep at a higher altitude, when experiencing any of the symptoms of the altitude illness, no matter how minor they seem.

    • Descend if the symptoms become worse, while resting at the same altitude.

    The last thing is how to treat the altitude sickness. The best way to prevent it is to plan a gradual ascent in order to give your body enough time to acclimatize to the environment. Anyway, if you still may feel the symptoms of the disease, thus, it is reasonable to have some of the motion sickness remedy at your disposal.

    Three medications have shown to be useful in the prevention and the treatment of the altitude illness. Acetazolamide (Diamox) can prevent AMS, when taken before ascent, and it can speed the recovery, if taken after the symptoms have developed. Dexamethasone appears to be effective in the prevention and the treatment of AMS and HACE. The drug prevents or improves symptoms; however, there is no evidence that it aids acclimatization. Therefore, there is a risk of a sudden onset or worsening of the symptoms, if the traveler stops taking the drug while ascending. HAPE is always associated with increased pulmonary artery pressure.

    Drugs that can selectively lower pulmonary artery pressure happen to be of benefit in preventing and treating HAPE. Nifedipine prevents and ameliorates HAPE in persons, who are particularly susceptible to HAPE.

    Concluding, if you or your relatives are going to spend their vacation in a mountain resort, at least, be aware of the threat. If you are able to identify the problem, it will make it easier to deal with it.

    Source(s): my article for a website:)
  • drehs
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

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    You can most definitely get altitude sickness at 7200. I moved to Cheyenne from Texas, and the altitude began to give me problems when I was driving through Denver (about 5000). In general, the only thing you can really do is go to a lower altitude or give your body some time to get use to the altitude which can sometimes take up to a week. I've also heard that it helps to eat lots of carbs (pastas, breads, etc). What worked for me was just resting as if I had the flu. Since your symptoms are so severe, I would see a doctor. There are medications a doctor can prescribe you to get your body use to the altitude quicker than it would naturally. The webMD link I listed under sources names some of the brands. After the major symptoms go away, still take it easy. It's very easy to get out of breath because the air is thinner than at 650ft. For the nosebleeds, if you can at night use a nasal saline solution like Simply Saline or put some vaseline up your nose. The humidity here is a lot lower than the east coast, and that is more than likely the culprit of your nose bleeds. On a side note: I've also heard of people getting reverse altitude sickness. I have had friends & family visit me here who weren't affected by the altitude at all. When they went back home they experienced some altitude-sickness symptoms. Best of luck to you. I hope the altitude doesn't damper your trip too badly. Hang in there. I promise it will get better.

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  • 2 decades ago

    we use a pill called : "soroche pill" thee best thing invented for the altitude. You take it before u go to the altitude ( the farmasist can tell u how o take them).Also drink a lot of water and buy a lot of lime candies they are called "caramelos de limón" and while you get to the place u need to be eat them. You can chew the coca's leaf, this also help the altitude sickness but it taste bad!

    One your first day on the altituted is better if you don't do a lot of things, just rest, don't run, smoke or eat too heavy food. Let your body adjust to the altitude.

    Hope you feel well with this tips, i used them all the time when i go to the altitude.

    Source(s): me!
  • Anonymous
    2 decades ago

    A product called Liquid Oxygen helps. You can purchase this from a health food store.

    Drink lots of fluids - Gatoraid is good.

  • ?
    Lv 6
    2 decades ago

    Bring an oxygen tank and get more oxygen that way. Get down to lower altitude if your body can't take it.

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    5 years ago

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  • 2 decades ago

    take it easy for the first lil while in high altitude, try some coca tea and or leaves... and if hiking walk SLLLLLOOOW!!!

  • Anonymous
    2 decades ago

    Dramamine. Find it at a drug store

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