Altitude Sickness

You can get altitude sickness if you’re in a place that is at a high altitude, usually more than 2,500 metres above sea level.

If you have suffered from altitude sickness before, or if you are travelling to a high altitude quickly, we may prescribe medicine to help prevent it.

 

Book an Appointment

By booking an appointment with a REMEDI HEALTH clinician we can ensure that we can advise appropriately and prescribe safely for optimum protection.

Keeping healthy when travelling is about your broader health protection needs and may involve antimalarials and other acute treatments should you become unwell. We can also advise and provide these.

To book this service, please click the button below and choose a date and time that suits you.

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Safe, private clinic

Our beautiful award-winning clinic is in the centre of Winchester and we look forward to welcoming you. Keeping you and others safe is our priority and so if you are unwell, please let us know in advance and we will make appropriate arrangements.

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Trained clinicians

Your appointment will be with a highly trained clinician in one of our private consultation rooms at our clinic in Winchester. We will advise you to ensure that you only receive treatment that is appropriate so you are protected and safe.

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Private Pharmacy

We operate within a registered private pharmacy which means that we can discuss and provide any required treatments, tests or referrals as appropriate. You can also be assured that we work within a strict governance framework.

About this Medication

Preventative medications may be considered in addition to gradual ascent in moderate or high risk situations but are not a substitute for gradual ascent.

Acetezolamide is the preferred drug (unlicensed). The recommended dose is to be commenced one day prior to ascent to high altitude and then continued for at least two days after reaching the highest altitude.

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About Altitude Sickness

You can get altitude sickness if you’re in a place that is at a high altitude usually more than 2,500 metres above sea level.

You’re more likely to get it if you travel or climb to a high altitude quickly.

You can get it in places like:

  • Mount Everest in Nepal
  • Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
  • some places in the Alps
  • La Paz in Bolivia

Symptoms of altitude sickness usually start 6 to 10 hours after being at a high altitude.

The main symptoms include:

  • a headache
  • loss of appetite
  • feeling or being sick
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • dizziness
  • difficulty sleeping

Sometimes, the symptoms can develop into more serious symptoms that can be life-threatening.

About the Altitude Sickness Appointment

During your appointment our trained clinician will discuss health history, travel plans and any factors which may affect the use of a treatment. This will ensure that any medication provided is appropriate and safe.

Can we help you?

Our team are standing by to help you with any questions or queries that you may have. We can advise you on the best test, product or service for your requirements.