Should you take sedatives at altitude?

18 October 2009

Question

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

Answer

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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