Table 1

List of drugs provided for the 1999 Everest marathon

DrugNumbers and dosesUsage
The drug list has evolved over the 12 years of the running of the Everest marathon. It is very similar to other recommended lists for high altitude expeditions.15 16
Eye preparations
Amethocaine eye drops0.5% × 5Not used
Chloramphenicol eye drops0.5% × 10Not used
Fluorescein eye drops1% × 10Not used
Gentamicin eye drops0.3% × 10Not used
Cromoglycate eye drops13.5 ml × 10Enough
Dexamethasone/framycetin/gramicidin eye drops5 g × 20 eachToo many
Ear preparations
Hydrocortisone/neomycin/polymixin ear drops5 ml × 10Enough
Nose preparations
Beclomethasone AQ spray20Enough
Neuro preparations
Sumatriptin tablets100 mg 5 × 3 50mg × 6Too many
Diazepam rectal tubes10 mg × 2 boxes of 5Not used
Altitude preparations
Dexamethasone tablets500 mg × 500/2 mg × 500Enough
Acetazolamide tablets500 × 1.25 gEnough
Prednisolone tablets5 mg 3 × 100Enough
Analgesics
Diclofenac tablets50 mg × 21 × 10Enough
Codeine/aspirin tablets200Enough
Ibuprofen tablets400 mg × 500Enough
Ketoprofen gel10Enough
Diclofenac injection5 × 75 mgEnough
Morphine injection5 × 15 mg/mlEnough
Mefenamic acid250mg × 10 packsNot used
Buprenorphine tablets50Not used
Paracetamol3 × 500Too little
Dextropropoxyphene/paracetamol200Enough
Etodolac SR7 × 30Enough
Meptazinol1 × 100Not used
Antifungal preparations/skin
Betamethasone cream30 g × 20Too many
Gentamicin cream30 g × 6Enough
Benzalkonium antiseptic cream100 g × 3 packsNot used
Hydrocortisone/miconazole cream10 boxesEnough
Crotamiton cream and lotion100 g × 12Too many
Miconazole vaginal10Not used
Clobetasone/oxytetracycline/nystatin cream30 g × 10Not used
Acyclovir cream10 g × 4, 2 g × 1Enough
Acyclovir ointment4.5 g × 4Enough
Anti-helminth preparations/antibiotic preparations
Amoxicillin capsules250 mg 500 × 2Enough
Ciprofloxacin tablets500 mg × 10Too little
Erythromycin500 mg 56 × 5 packsToo many
Metronidazole tablets400 mg × 14 × 50Too little
Flucloxacillin tablets500 mg × 500Enough
Idoxuridine 5%5 ml × 3 packsToo many
Flucloxacillin/ampicillin tablets500 mg × 500Too many
Mebendazole tablets10Not used
Cefuroxime injection1.5 g × 20Enough
Cefuroxime tablets250 mg 2 × 50Enough
Ofloxacin tablets200 mg × 100Too little
Antihistamine preparations
Promethazine tablets25 mg × 56Not used
Chlorpheniramine tablets4 mg × 500Enough
Cetirizine tablets30Enough
Sleepers
Zopiclone tablets7.5 mg × 28Not used
Respiratory preparations
Beclomethasone 200 inhaler20Not used
Salbutamol accuhaler20Not used
Salbutamol (inhalers)10Not used
Salbutamol injection0.25 mg 1 × 10Not used
IV fluids
Haemacel× 3 × 500 mlEnough
D/Saline× 6 × 500 mlEnough
Giving sets× 6Enough
Gastric preparations/anti-emetic preparations
Choline salicylate dental gel10 tubesNot used
Prochlorperazine buccalPack of 10 × 50Too little
Cinnarizine15 mg × 10Enough
Alginate tablets20 × 20Too little
Lozenges20Too little
Ranitidine tablets150 mg × 300Enough
Metoclorpropamide tablets10 mg/2ml × 12Enough
Lower GI preparations
Beclomethasone rectal ointment30 g × 20Not used
Loperamide tablets2 mg × 2 packs × 250Too little
Co-phenotrope tablets200Enough
Senna tablets50Too many
Cardiac preparations
Nifedipine retard tablets60 mg × 40Not used
Miscellaneous
Penicillin injection (note expiry date)2.4 mu × 6ml (10) × 3 packsToo many
Butterflys6Not used
ChlorhexitullePacks of 10 × 2Enough
Crepe bandage12Enough
Compressin bandage1Too little
Decubal cream20 tubes of 100 gNot used
Methyl prednisolone injection5 × 40 gNot used
Diazepem injection2 ml × 1 box of 10Not used
Hydrocortisone injection10 × 2 mlEnough
Ethilon sutures20Not used
Silver sulphadiazine cream2Not used
Gloves200Enough
Glucagon3Not used
Lipscreen42Enough
Lipobase cream50 g × 3 packsNot used
Locoid cream100 g × 3Not used
Locoid ointment100 g × 3Not used
Lignocaine20 × 2 ml × 1%Enough
Lignocaine30 × 2 ml × 2%Enough
Medi swabs100Enough
MicroporeVarious sizesToo little
Hydrocortisone 1%30 g × 3 packsNot used
NeedlesVariousToo many
Oxygen masks & tubes8 cylindersEnough
Plastering equipment× 3 setsNot used
Rehydration powders250Enough
Povidine/iodine dry powder500 ml × 3/250 ml × 4Enough
SplintsVariousEnough
Steri-strips48Too many
Cannulae6 grey/6 greenEnough
Suture kits2Too little
SyringesVariousEnough
Sterile dressing packs10Too little
Silicon dressings20Not used
Tubular bandages6Enough
Vaginal speculae4Not used