Altitude & Diamox

Hi there, what do people think about the merits of taking Diamox when walking at altitude? We are going to Kilimanjaro, and we have heard that some people take Diamox to counteract the effects of altitude sickness (oedema). Anyone had any experience of any side effects?

Cheers, very helpful!

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Having guided over 40 ascents of 'Kili' I have seen many people reach the summit of Africa both with and without Diamox. The debate will always continue to rage with those who swear by it and those who don't; if you do choose to take it I would recommend discussing this with your GP or medical professional prior to departure to ensure that you are aware of the correct dosage and potential side affects, as well as carrying out independent research on sites such as the BMC (British Mountaineering Council).

Our guides on 'Kili' do carry Diamox, along with other specific medication for high altitude illnesses, however it should be noted that these are for emergency purposes only.

JIm Eite | Head of Product

As an alternative, you could always consider taking gingko bilobo(apologies if spelt incorrectly), which has no side effects. I travelled to Tibet 3 years ago & took this 1 week before travel & everyday I was there, & had no problems at all with  the altitude there.

Whoops! Just noticed you departed on 12 October - hope everything went ok!


You can get Gingko capsules at Holland & Barrett or any online health/vitamin suppliers. 2 x 120mg per day is the recommended dosage for AMS, but we always take one aspirin per day as well. We have always used this combination, never Diamox, and have never failed to get to the tops. A Google search will give you lots of info too.

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