Ibuprofen Reduces Mountain Sickness Symptoms

Ibuprofen Reduces Mountain Sickness SymptomsAs per a recent research, it has been revealed that anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen is quite effective in treating mountain sickness problem. A team of researchers from the Stanford University was of the view that mountain sickness is a common problem, but not many researchers have tried to fix the problem.

Lead researcher Grant Lipman of Stanford University said that he very well understands that mountain sickness causes severe headache and this is the reason that they decided to conduct a research on the subject.

Mountain sickness is witnessed by the 25% of the American population, who travels to the mountains for various purposes. Some of the mountain sickness symptoms include headache, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and poor appetite. Lipman said that if problem is not treated on time then it can even cause cerebral oedema.

In order to prove the efficacy of the drug, the study researchers enrolled 58 men and 28 women. The total number was divided in two groups. Both the groups were taken to an area of the White Mountains, California and spent night at an altitude of 1,250 metres.

Next morning, one group was given 600 milligrams of ibuprofen and other group was given a placebo and then again the group was taken to an area which was at 3,570 metres altitude. The first dose was given at 8am and the second dose was given at 2pm.

After climbing another 3,830 metres, they were given third dose at 8pm and spent the night at that mountain. After assessing the whole trip, it was found that ibuprofen was able to reduce mountain sickness problem by 26%.

"We suggest that availability alone makes ibuprofen an appealing drug for individuals who travel to high altitudes”, said the study researchers.