Besides items basic to all first-aid kits ours includes:
Diamox (Acetazolamide): Useful as a prophylactic for acute mountain sickness (AMS), and as an aid to acclimatization.
Dexamethasone: This is an anti-inflammatory steroid. We carry it for emergency treatment of high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE).
Nifedipine: For emergency treatment of high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE).
Tylenol 3: For major pain relief.
Ofloxacin: A broad spectrum antibiotic particularly useful for intestinal infections.
Metoprolol: An adrenergic blocking agent for emergency treatment of poisonous scorpion stings.
Hydromorphone: For emergency treatment of severe pain due to major trauma.
Cephalexin: An antibiotic particularly suited for skin infections.
Lariam (Mefloquine): A prophylactic against malaria. We are carrying only a small quantity. It is very expensive in the United States; less expensive alternatives are available over-the-counter in South America.
Syringes and hypodermic needles: We carry these to eliminate worry over contaminated needles.
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