What is Diamox (Acetazolamide) used for?
Diamox (Acetazolamide) is an oral carbonic anhydrase inhibitor prescribed to treat open angle glaucoma, secondary glaucoma, fluid retention, or epilepsy. The medication operates by preventing the action of certain proteins in the body to reduce pressure within the eye. This action may also prevent oedema or possible seizure disorders. Your doctor may also prescribe its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Diamox (Acetazolamide)?
Diamox (Acetazolamide) is normally administered one to four times each day at a dosage of one tablet, but your individual instructions will be determined by your doctor based on your age, weight, current health, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a full glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach, although a snack or meal is recommended prior to use if you experience nausea. You are recommended to increase your fluid intake as this medication may cause increased urination. Never crush or split the tablets prior to use as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you have regarding the medication to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Diamox (Acetazolamide)?
The use of Diamox (Acetazolamide) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Serious side effects that may require immediate medical attention include severe side pain, tremors, unusual bruising, tingling sensations, skin rashes, or signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing. Tell your doctor as soon as you experience any worrying or intense symptoms to make sure the correct changes are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent more health problems from appearing.
Diamox (Acetazolamide) should not be used to treat patients who are pregnant, allergic to acetazolamide, who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past, or who have underactive adrenal glands, high chloride levels, low potassium levels, severely reduced kidney function, or severely reduced liver function. You are also suggested to inform your doctor if you have difficulty urinating, breathing disorders, unstable electrolyte levels, a history of kidney stones, or moderately decreased liver or kidney function. These conditions may lead to unexpected health problems requiring special alterations to your regimen.
Strictly use Diamox (Acetazolamide) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Diamox (Acetazolamide) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.