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Ginko Biloba for the prevention of AMS

Ginkgo initially appeared to be a promising new drug for the prevention of altitude illness, but much more data has now been accumulated in multiple well-designed studies, and there is no demonstrable benefit to taking Ginkgo. Ginkgo is no better than placebo for prevention of AMS, and Ginkgo plus acetazolamide (Diamox) is no better than acetazolamide alone.

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