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bad medicine

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Aug 5, 2002
due to a stupid discopathy( this is a very painful disease that comes from a spinal problem) I have to use sometime anti -inflamatory drugs. I wonder if someboady could tell me if some dangerous situation can occure when I freedive because of this kind of drugs.(I use only nonsteroidal like diclofenac sodium, ketoprofen and aspirin or paracetamol for the pain).
hi soki

from my scuba experience basically every dive organisation i am aware of says no to diving on medication. now that you are freediving and obviosuly dont have those underwatertimes as if you were wearing a tank doesnt mean pressure doesnt effect you.

most medications are not tested for their effects under hyperbaric conditions so there is no saying that a short divetime couldnt have negative sideeffects.

the best to do would be to not dive at all until you are off those drugs, or you consult a diving physician (not a regular physician, since from personal experience i´d say many have not much of an idea about what goes on under pressure) and get his approval. if there should be a hyperbaric chamber with qualified staff in your area ask there.

hope you get better soon


I'll better try accupuncture instead of drugs. That's because here noboady 's interested in studies that you said(like hyperbaric and so...). I found somes sites on internet about diving and side effects of some drugs...but I'll better no take the risk.
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