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Altitude Sickness Medications in Kota Kinabalu

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Altitude Sickness Medications in Kota Kinabalu

My friend and I are off to KK next week and are looking forward to climbing Mt Kinabalu on 24/25 May. I spoke to my GP last week about giving me a script for Diamox (to prevent altitude sickness) but she said I didn't need it and wouldn't prescribe it. She did the climb herself last year and said it was 'easy' and that no-one in her group got altitude sickness as 4100m isn't considered high. SHe has given me Maxalon (to prevent vomiting) and said to just take Nurofen for any headaches. I am a little confused as most of the websites do refer to using Diamox or similar. My question is - can you get Diamox over the counter in KK once i get there? I have been preparing for the climb for 6 months and I will be really disappointed if I can't make it due to illness once up on the mountain.

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1. Re: Altitude Sickness Medications in Kota Kinabalu

i got it when i climbed the mountain 14 years ago and it stopped me from getting to the top. i just sat on the ground and wanted to vomit my guts up 60m from the summit! But that said i wasn't fit at all and since then I've been to 5500m without any troubles (in a bus though, not hiking). I've heard there can be side effects with diamox so it's a tricky one. You aren't going to be at the top for very long so it's really up to you! If you are physically fit i think you might be able to just push through it and get up and down as quick as you can. Just take thermals! I remember being absolutely freezing at the top even though it was really hot at the bottom, and really good wet weather clothes. I've got to go back and conquer that mountain, unfinished business :)

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Individual physical condition differ from one another.some can take the height and other are sensitive to altitude changes.

All medication can give you side effect.

Just take along ,who knows you might need it.

Edited: 21 May 2014, 02:50
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yep you can get Acetazolamide over here(i.e. OTC)-that is Diamox for the pharmacies.

Over here, for 40tabs, pay only RM40 (calling a Carings Pharmacy over here, in Mont Kiara, KL area)

Though you did ask over in KK, so I had called on your behalf a pharmacy over there(Sunlight), first I called the one in Centre Point, was informed sold out,then I called their branch in Jalan Pantai, they have stock--I give you the number here +6088 250 802, in case you wish to call and "reserve". Also reconfirmed, the price /tab is RM1.50.

As mentioned, drug contraindications manifest differently on different individuals. Many years back, a member of our team also doing this climb, that took Diamox for AMS, experienced numbness of hands for few hours.And well, Diamox can cause severe allergic reaction to people who are allergic to sulfur,as this drug is a sulfonamide drug.

Do you know the alternative,but of course more expensive to Diamox..is Viagra.

Guess you will be on a fly thru to BKI from Perth, no stop over in KL? otherwise can get it in KL .

Wishing you all the best and you will successfully reach the summit. The warm clothing part,I guess you are fully equipped,and if you feel you are susceptible to AMS, a beanie is also good,and have Cadbury's bar and energy bars also.

To be exact, Low's Peak height is now only 4095.2metres above sea level.

Also advise at least 24 hours after your flight to do the climb,and allow also 24hours after climb for taking your flight back home.

Well, in an aircraft,is at cruising altitude of 10,000metres(or called FL330),of course given the way the jetstream flows, do you get altitude sickness?

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