1. Ken
    Ken September 30, 2014 at 4:53 am

    Talking to my various doctors (ortho and general), all agree that Ibo is okay as long as one takes a lot of fluid with it, otherwise the kidneys will suffer. As far as Ibo’s masking other ailments, you have to get through the day some how and if pain medication helps, why not? Besides, many take Ibo’s for sinus problems when little else helps. But, that said, I find Ibo’s can be habit forming and going without even as a preventative, can work when the body decides it isn’t going to be given the crutch.

    Other pills taken on the trail? None for me – except a box full of vitamins. 🙂

  2. Ravi
    Ravi September 30, 2014 at 5:58 am

    I take a daily glucosamine and chondroitin pill along with a multivitamin. Toward the end of my Colorado Trail thru hike, I started to take ibuprofen a bit too often since I was developing hip and upper leg pain. It works very well and can mask pain up to a point.

  3. jack
    jack September 30, 2014 at 6:23 am


  4. Larry Beck
    Larry Beck September 30, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Plain old aspirin is my go to altitude sickness cure/prevention drug. Not to be over done of course but a single aspirin the morning of a climb to 12K seems to prevent the headaches and feeling of nausea which can occur.

  5. Johannes
    Johannes September 30, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Hallo Ray,
    if you don’t need one of those drugs on the trail, you want use them at home, except of injury or illness.
    One drug which is worth to take with you, prevents from altitude sickness and which you can
    use at home – if necessary – is: Viagra®
    If you’re alone on the trail it only works against altitude sickness. Happy trails – Johannes

  6. geekgirl
    geekgirl September 30, 2014 at 7:32 am

    +1 on the Glucosamine and Chondroiton, (particularly for us older folks) but caffeine pills? NEVER! I would rather go without food than go without my coffee! LOL

    1. Mike
      Mike September 30, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      While I’m not a coffee fan, I am a tea fanatic…I bring my tea!

  7. Arla Hile
    Arla Hile September 30, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I backpack with a physician who is trained in wilderness medicine and she carries a steroid (dexamethasone) along with the list above. She carries little else in her first aid kit, I think a safety pin, a tampon (for sterile cotton) and some athletic tape…that’s about it. Dexamethasone is effective for acute mountain sickness (AMS) and for high altitude cerebral edema (HACE). It may be effective for high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE). HACE and HAPE are potentially life-threatening. More here http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2014/chapter-2-the-pre-travel-consultation/altitude-illness

  8. Steve
    Steve September 30, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I also recommend salt pills – I was cramping up quite a bit and needed it. Make sure it has ALL the needed salts in it – sodium chloride, potassium chloride, magnesium chloride, and calcium chloride/.

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