I didn’t grow up taking ibuprofen for anything because my mom is allergic to it. I will say that I’ve grown to appreciate it more and more.
Millions of adventure-seekers get a thrill from skiing, hiking, climbing or traveling to high-altitude destinations each year. But about 25% of Americans who ascend to such thin-air environments experience symptoms of altitude sickness such as headaches, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, caused by the lack of oxygen at high elevations. Altitude sickness not only puts a damper on your trip, but it could also lead to fatal consequences — in some cases, it can result in lethal swelling of the brain.
The good news is that a common over-the-counter medication — ibuprofen, which you might know better as Advil or Motrin — could help reduce the symptoms. Researchers report in the Annals of Emergency Medicine that among a group of 86 men and women who spent two days hiking in the White Mountains of California, those who were randomly assigned to receive ibuprofen were 26% less likely to develop acute mountain…
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