Taking dexamathasone may improve high altitude exercise capacity in certain climbers

13 August 2009, 12:55

Beacon Rock in the Columbia River Gorge.It has been known for some time that both tadalafil and dexamethasone (dex) are good for preventing high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and dex is also good for treating symptoms of acute mountain sickness.

What researchers did not know and were keen to find out, was whether they could also improve exercise capacity at altitude by reducing pulmonary hypertension, one of the important factors in altitude-related exercise limitations.

Their results were published in the August 15th issue of the the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the journal of the American Thoracic Society.

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