Acetazolamide:
What is it?

Acetazolamide:
How is it Used?


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Acetazolamide Overview

Overview

(a set a ZOLE a mide)

Created: 2005-04-07 16:15:08.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:25:58.0

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Canadian Brand Names

Apo-Acetazolamide®; Diamox®

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

How does it work?

• Acetazolamide gets rid of extra salt and water in the body through the kidneys.

• It calms the brain.

• It shortens the time it takes to get used to the high altitude.

• It lowers pressure in the eye.

How is it best taken?

• Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

• Long-acting products: Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

• A liquid (suspension) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.

• Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from light.

• Protect capsules and tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

• Follow directions for storage of liquid (suspension). Talk with healthcare provider.

Mexican Brand Names

Acetadiazol

Pharmacologic Category

Anticonvulsant, Miscellaneous; Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitor; Diuretic, Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitor; Ophthalmic Agent, Antiglaucoma

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to acetazolamide or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have a sulfonamide ("sulfa") allergy, talk with healthcare provider.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Acidic blood condition, kidney disease, liver disease, low potassium levels, low sodium levels, lung disease, or poor adrenal function.

U.S. Brand Names

Diamox® Sequels®

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine does not mix well with some medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• If you are using this medicine for glaucoma, have eye pressure checked regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.

• If you are diabetic, you will need to monitor blood sugars closely.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

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