What does Acetazolamide treat?
Acetazolamide is a versatile medication prescribed to treat certain types of seizures, glaucoma, cystinuria, benign intracranial hypertension, altitude sickness and dural ectasia. This is a diuretic (water pill) which reduces the amount of fluid that can build up in the eye. It may also be prescribed to reduce the buildup of body fluids (edema) due to congestive heart failure or certain medications. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.
Follow the Acetazolamide dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Have it with full glass of water. Have it with food if it upsets your stomach. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label.
Missed a dose?
Take the dose immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Acetazolamide is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase or interfere with the effect of Acetazolamide.
It may interact with:
It may also interact with anticonvulsants, diabetic medications, salicylates, stimulants, tricyclic antidepressants, potassium-depleting medicines and folic acid antagonists. This is not an exhaustive list though.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Acetazolamide might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Some of the side effects could be drowsiness, nausea, stomach upset, vomiting, rash, headache, blurred vision and loss of appetite. Serious side effects that one might encounter are fever, painful urination, hives, breathing trouble and swelling of your face, lips or tongue. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Acetazolamide
- Can I use Acetazolamide along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Acetazolamide?
- What is the dosage of Acetazolamide to be used?
- How should I use Acetazolamide?
- How will Acetazolamide work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Acetazolamide be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Acetazolamide is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.