Diamox is a brand name for acetazolamide 250mg tablets. The Diamox brand is no longer sold in the UK (April 2015). Pharmatopia continues to use the name 'Diamox' for acetazolamide tablets because this is the name people recognise. We supply only UK licensed acetazolamide from a UK pharmacy.
Diamox tablets for altitude sicknessMild altitude sickness is unpleasant and should act as a warning. Headache, fatigue, loss of appetite and poor sleep above 10,000 feet (3,000 metres) are signs of early altitude sickness. Do not ascend further until these symptoms settle.
Diamox helps to settle the symptoms of early altitude sickness more quickly.
Serious altitude sickness where there is a build up of fluid in the brain and/or the lungs is dangerous. Symptoms of extreme shortness of breath and/or disturbed mental function can come on rapidly. Over a period of hours symptoms can progress to coma and even death. At the first sign of these symptoms rapid descent of at least 1,500 feet (500 metres) is the best treatment. Other treatments include oxygen, steroids and Diamox.
If a person can not get their breath when everybody else has regained theirs or if a person is behaving strangely or can not walk in a straight line this is a medical emergency.
Diamox to improve sleepAt altitude (above 3,000 metres) abnormal breathing often disturbs sleep. There can be prolonged pauses between breaths followed by brief periods of rapid breathing. This leads to restless sleep and day time fatigue.
Diamox can be taken to reduce the sleep disturbance of altitude.
Acclimatising to altitudeThe symptoms of mountain sickness and the dangers can be reduced by proper acclimatisation. See guidelines acclimatising to altitude.
Taking Diamox reduces the chances of getting mountain sickness, although it does not replace proper acclimatisation. Altitude sickness can and does still occur.
Side effects of Diamox
Most people taking Diamox do not experience side effects. Diamox side effects include: passing extra urine, flushing, thirst, headache, dizziness, fatigue, irritability, depression, a 'tingling' feeling in the extremities; some loss of appetite, taste disturbance, reduced libido and occasional instances of drowsiness and confusion. For a full list of side effects see the Diamox Patient Information Leaflet.
People allergic to sulpha containing drugs should not take Diamox.
Patient Information Leaflet
Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment. Patient information can be found here.
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