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Altitude sickness

Get Acetazolamide tablets (formerly Diamox) for altitude sickness on prescription from a UK pharmacy.

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Acetazolamide (Diamox)

Medical Information


Altitude sickness affects people who climb or travel to more than 2,500 metres (8,000 feet) altitude, particularly if they ascend too quickly. It is usually mild that improves with rest and time. In some cases, however, it can be life-threatening. 

Altitude sickness occurs due to the lower air pressure at high altitudes. When the air becomes thinner, less amount of oxygen presents in your breath. As a result, you will need to breathe more often to get the amount of oxygen required.

Your body will usually adapt to the higher altitude level after a few days. Your breathing rate may start to slow down. 


To prevent altitude sickness, you can slow ascent so that your body adjusts to the higher altitude gradually. It also helps to drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol or sedatives.



One particular type of altitude sickness is called acute mountain sickness (AMS).

Symptoms of AMS are usually mild and include:

  • Headache
  • Loss of apetite
  • Fatigue and weakness.
  • Dizziness and light-headedness.
  • Difficulty sleeping.

It is necessary to stop ascend when these symptoms develop and you should get plenty of rest at the same altitude. Ascent can be continued when these symptoms subside, usually after 24-48 hrs. If the symptoms are severe or do not improve after 24 hours, descending may be needed to make the symptoms go more quickly. If AMS is not addressed promptly, it may develop into more severe form of AMS, including HACE (swelling of the brain) or HAPE (build-up of fluid within the lungs).


There are a number of ways that can help while your body is adjusting to the higher altitude. Simple painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen may help to relieve your headache. Anti-sickness medication may also be used if you feel nauseous. There is no reliable evidence to show that Gingko Biloba is useful against altitude sickness.


Altitude sickness treatment from Medicinesbymailbox

Acetazolamide is sometimes prescribed for the prevention or treatment of AMS. There is good evidence that it helps to speed up your body's adjustment to the higher altitude. However, it does not mask symptoms of AMS and it may not help worsening AMS with continued ascent. You can only obtain acetazolamide through a prescription from your GP, or online through Medicinesbymailbox Pharmacy.

For specific information of acetazolamide, please refer to the individual medicine information.


Ordering online


You must read the 'patient information leaflet' before ordering.
You will need to complete a short Yes/No questionnaire before ordering.
If you wish to discuss with our site doctors please contact via info@Medicinesbymailboxpharmacy.co.uk or telephone +44 (0)117 2050198.


Multiple ordering


After the consultation you can choose your order option, although it is not possible to order more than one item per consultation. This is for medical reasons.

If more than one item is required, a separate questionnaire must be completed for each item.

If more than one item has been ordered, you should web-message the doctors from your account to explain why.

If the doctors approve more than one item, email info@doctorfox.co.uk or web-message from your account and we will refund additional postage and consultation fees.

Declined orders are automatically refunded.


Answer medical questions to order

You must read the important medical information for prescription tablets.

See medical information section

Have you read the altitude sickness medical information?

Please read altitude sickness medical information IN FULL.

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Please read the altitude sickness important medical information before continuing. It is also a good idea to print the information and carry it.

  • Yes
  • No

Are you allergic to Diamox (acetazolamide) or sulpha containing medication?

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We are unable to provide Diamox (acetazolamide) treatment for you.

  • Yes
  • No

.Are taking any of the following medications?

  • Phenytoin or carbamezepine (anti-epileptic drugs)
  • Anti-coagulants (blood thinning drugs such as warfarin)
  • Medication to lower blood sugar (diabetic tablets)
  • Diuretics (tablets taken to remove fluid from the body)
  • Regular aspirin (more than occasional 1 or 2 aspirin every few days)

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We are unable to provide you with Diamox (acetazolamide) treatment. Please see your regular doctor first.

  • Yes
  • No

Do you plan to take acetazolamide whilst pregnant?

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Manufacturers recommend avoidance in pregnancy. We are unable to provide you with this treatment.

  • Yes
  • No

Have you been diagnosed with kidney or liver disease?

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We are unable to provide Diamox (acetazolamide) treatment. Please see your regular doctor.

  • Yes
  • No

For organised groups; have you been advised to obtain Diamox (acetazolamide) by your group organisers?

For non-organised groups please answer 'Yes'.

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For organised groups; have you been advised to obtain Diamox (acetazolamide) by your group organisers?

  • Yes
  • No

Are you aware taking Diamox (acetazolamide) does NOT replace acclimatisation?

Above 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) ascend no more than 300-500 metres (1,000-1,500 feet) per day. For every 1,000 metres (3,000 feet) of ascent stop 2 nights before ascending further.

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Acclimatisation is essential. Taking Diamox does not replace acclimatisation.

  • Yes
  • No

Are you aware Diamox (acetazolamide) is not advised where normal acclimatisation recommendations are followed?

Proper acclimatisation is the way to deal with altitude.

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Diamox (acetazolamide) is not indicated where normal acclimatisation recommendations are followed. You can change your answer and continue.

  • Yes
  • No

Are you aware people taking Diamox (acetazolamide) can still get mountain sickness including the very serious HAPE and HACE?

See the medical information for details.

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People taking Diamox (acetazolamide) can still get mountain sickness including the very serious HAPE and HACE. You can change your answer and continue.

  • Yes
  • No

Are you aware the sleep disturbance of altitude is treated with 125mg (half a tablet) Diamox (acetazolamide) twice daily?

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The sleep disturbance of altitude is treated with 125mg (half a tablet) Diamox (acetazolamide) twice daily. You can change your answer and continue.

  • Yes
  • No

Are you aware in situations where rapid forced ascent cannot be avoided the dose of Diamox (acetazolamide) is 250mg (one tablet) twice daily?

Ascent of more than 500 metres (1,500 feet) a day above 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) is dangerous with or without Diamox (acetazolamide).

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In situations where rapid forced ascent cannot be avoided the dose of Diamox (acetazolamide) is 250mg (one tablet) twice daily? You can change your answer and continue.

  • Yes
  • No

Are you aware confusion, loss of co-ordination and extreme shortness of breath are serious symptoms requiring immediate descent and also possible, steroids, oxygen, hyperbarric oxygen and acetazolamide?

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Confusion, loss of co-ordination and extreme shortness of breath are serious symptoms requiring immediate descent and also possible, steroids, oxygen, hyperbarric oxygen and acetazolamide? You can change your answer and continue.

  • Yes
  • No

Do the following apply to you?


  • I will read the information leaflet supplied with my pills
  • The contraception is for my own use
  • I am over 18
  • I agree to the terms and conditions


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We are unable to provide prescription medication unless these conditions apply.

  • Yes
  • No

Prices

Altitude sickness Pils Quantity Cost
Acetazolamide 250mg 56 tablets £49.50
Acetazolamide 250mg (Diamox) 28 tablets £27.00
Acetazolamide 250mg-1 112 tablets £92.00
Medicinesbymailbox prices are 25%-50% lower cost than other online clinics.

Prescription fees

Medicinesbymailbox supplies medicine on prescription and charges a small prescription fee based on the order value of each prescription.Prescriptions are issued by our doctors online and sent electronically to our pharmacy.If you have your own private paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).Medicinesbymailbox prices are 25%–50% lower than other UK online clinics.

Order value Prescription fee
Any Order Value £25.00
Items Medicinesbymailbox Dr. Fox Pharmacy2U Superdrug Express Pharmacy Lloyds Med Express
Acetazolamide 250mg £49.50 NA NA NA NA NA NA
Acetazolamide 250mg (Diamox) £27.00 £ 34.00 £ 47.00 £ 47.00 £ 48.00 £ 49.00 £ 534.00
Acetazolamide 250mg-1 £92.00 NA NA NA NA NA NA
*Medicinesbymailbox adds a small prescription fee not included in table above.

Delivery charges

UK delivery £2.90 per consultation via Royal Mail 24 Signed For (1-4 working days).

Standard international delivery £5.90 flat rate via Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed (2-5 working days).

Express international delivery £32.00 flat rate via DHL Express (2-8 days depending on destination, with tracking in transit).