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Should you take sedatives at altitude?

Sun, 18th Oct 2009

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Ken, Torrington asked:

When you climb mountains and you suffer the effects of stress, would it be a good idea to take a sedative?


Ben -   No.  Your heart rate will go up for a reason to make sure that you're pumping enough oxygen around.  If you take something like a sedative, that will reduce your heart rate then you're not going to have enough oxygen in your tissues.

Kat -   I think it would also maybe mean that you sort of notice less things that you should notice that you might need to take into account and might need to, “Oh, I need to seek some medical help.”

Ben -   And need to descend.  Yes, of course.


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