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Mera Peak day 3 – a short walk


I felt a dull headache yesterday on our acclimatisation walk so I decided to start taking Diamox this morning.

Diamox is primarily a glaucoma drug but is often used to treat or prevent altitude sickness. There are two main schools of thought on the use of Diamox, one is that it is taken prophylactically (preventativley) and you should take it before you go to altitude and continue taking it for about three days after you have reached your highest altitude, the other is that it is to be taken only when presenting symptoms of altitude sickness which include a headache that won’t go away with standard painkillers, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, insomnia and shortness of breath.

We had a trek doctor with us who believed in only using Diamox when presenting symptoms. Having been to high altitudes before and having suffered with altitude sickness, and after consulting with my doctor…

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