That particular med is not without potentially serious side effects. Most people will experience headache and shortness of breath the first day or so, but if you're only laying over for a few hours I don't see the point of taking the pills. My 60-something sister in coastal CA visited me and had a bit of a headache, but was quite able to tour around with me.
I had a slight headache, nothing more, didn't even take anything for it. I wouldn't take the drugs unless you already know you have a tendency to become ill at altitude.
Most people aren't bothered by the altitude if they follow simple rules:
Take it easy - don't hurry,, stop and rest if you feel yourself becoming at all breathless.
Drink lots of water.
Don't drink alcohol.
If the sun is out, cover your head
You'll possibly have a slight headache - take an aspirin and rest.
Chances are 99 out of 100 that you'll suffer no ill effects, and will enjoy your time in Quito!
The cabin pressure while you are sitting in your seat on the airliner will be approx. 8000 feet, when you arrive in Quito you will be 1500 feet higher..Dont worry about it. Just dont get off the plane and go jogging while smoking a cig.
I had altitude sickness in Quito.It started during the night and i felt i was suffocating and couldn't breathe.I started to panic and made things worse. the best thing to do is stay calm,take deep breaths and drink a lot of water. It got a bit better during the day. I also had headaches.I have to mention that my husband was with me and he did not feel sick,so not everybody gets altitude sickness.
As I said in a previous post...The whole trip you are flying you are breathing the same amount of air that is outside at 8000 feet..When you land you are 1000 feet higher than when you were when watching the movie and having a cocktail, or sleeping soundly. Think you just talked yourself into having a panic attack. Unless you are terribly unhealthy, 9000 feet would not affect anyone.
It's impossible to predict who will be affected by the altitude. A thousand feet difference is actually quite a lot for some people. Age and fitness level have nothing to do with it. It's unfair to assume someone "talked" herself into panicking; anyone would panic if they couldn't breathe--that's a normal reaction.
Thank you Doctor who? After 30 years as a commercial pilot, I would say that maybe I have a bit more experience than most passengers, but, Doctor...This is not supposed to be the normal beat them up post. When you have spent as much time in altitude chambers, and at altitude, when all pressure is lost. Than maybe you will be the next authority...Until than, keep it to yourself. Panic attacks are attacks that people talk them selves into, medical fact. Tightness in the chest, high pulse rate, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating etc., not health related at all. In the head...The more you think about it, the worse it becomes. But believe it or not, just when you think your going to pass out from it, your body returns to normal and everything slows down, and you wonder what happened. No one dies from panic attacks. You are beginning to remind me of my boss in Dubai. Knew all about aviation, aircraft, sea-planes and starting an aviation business in the UAE. But in reality, that is why there are over 100,000 americans and 10,000 brits there in Arab Businesses, in the UAE. They all think they know, but when it comes down to it...We better hire someone from the US. Makes us feel bad, but we have no other choice..We cant do it.
These posts are about helping people therefore I was letting other people know that indeed altitude sickness is real and YES you panic.This is my own personal experience and I don't know about anybody else(except husband who was not sick).