Altitude sickness medicine (Diamox)


Acetazolamide (diamox) is used for the treatment and prevention of altitude sickness; diamox does not mask the symptoms altitude sickness but actually helps to treat the problem.  Side effects of taking diamox include; tingling of fingers, toes and face. Carbonated drinks tasting flat. Increased urination and occasionally blurred vision.  It would be advisable to take a trial course prior to going to Kilimanjaro as any severe allergic reactions are easier to treat here than at a remote location.
Nutritional Altitude Supplement (ALTI-VIT)

ALTI-VIT is a unique vitamin formula which has been developed to support your bodies requirements at Altitude. Its ingredients include: Siberian Ginseng, Vitamin C, Reishi Mushroom Extract and Ginkgo Biloba, ALTI-VIT is a nutritional altitude supplement to assist with: oxygen uptake, energy production, immune function and sleep quality. ALTI-VIT contains 100% natural ingredients and is available without prescription. More information on the benefits and effects can be found on the ALTI-VIT website.
Analgesics (pain killers)

Ibuprofen/Nurofen is effective at relieving altitude induced headaches.

More information and health advice for Kilimanjaro and the vaccinations you will need for visiting Tanzania can be found on the vaccinations page.


Most of the steps to aid your acclimatisation and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness will be taken by your guides, but it may be useful for you to know some preventative measures along with a few of the signs and symptoms.

On arrival in Moshi, do not overexert yourself, or move higher for the first 24 hours after arriving. We recommend that you take it easy, perhaps by relaxing by the pool.
Climb high and sleep low; when possible, sleep at an altitude lower than the highest point you have walked to.
If you begin to show symptoms of moderate altitude sickness, don't go higher until symptoms decrease.
If symptoms increase, go down! Always take the advice of your guide as your health and safety is the most important thing to them.
Remember that all people acclimatise at different rates. Do not worry if you appear to be the only person in your group suffering, it may just be that it has affected you sooner than other members of your group.

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