I'm going to Machu Pichu and need altitude sickness medication
Patient :I'm going to Machu Pichu and need altitude sickness medication. I have a sulfa allergy so read that I shouldn't take Diamox. Do I have any other options or how bad will the Diamox reaction be? I get very affected by altitude
Thanks for writing in to us.
I have read through your query in detail.
Please find my observations below.
1. It is best to avoid diamox (acetazolamide) if you have any allergy to sulfonamides. Though most people with allergy to sulfonamides can tolerate acetazolamide, there are people who have developed adverse effects and therefore it is to be avoided.
2. A safer alternative for you might be dexamethasone tablet which is a steroid and can help in prevention of high altitude sickness. The adult dose is 4 mg every 6 hours continuously during your trip for 1 to 3 days and the medicine is to be then tapered over 5 days . Please be in touch with a doctor should your require emergency help during your trip.
3. Wish you a pleasant trip.
Hope your query is answered.
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