What is Acetazolamide used for?
Acetazolamide is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor, which is prescribed to treat various diseases including certain types of seizures, altitude sickness, glaucoma, cystinuria, benign intracranial hypertension, and dural ectasia. Acetazolamide is also used to treat other conditions as determined by your health physician. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Acetazolamide?
The dosage of Acetazolamide prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Take Acetazolamide with a full glass of water. It should be taken with food if it upsets your stomach.
What if you miss a dose of Acetazolamide?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Acetazolamide medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Acetazolamide?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Acetazolamide, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are confusion, fast breathing, drowsiness, severe nausea, and vomiting.
What other drugs could interact with Acetazolamide?
- Choline salicylate
- Magnesium salicylate
- Water pills
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Acetazolamide.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Acetazolamide, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Acetazolamide can interact with anticonvulsants, diabetic medications, salicylates, stimulants, potassium-depleting medicines, tricyclic antidepressants, and folic acid antagonists.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Acetazolamide?
Like other medicines, Acetazolamide can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Acetazolamide are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Acetazolamide cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Acetazolamide develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Acetazolamide can cause side effects such as drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, rash, headache, blurred vision, stomach upset, and loss of appetite. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are difficulty breathing, fever, hives, painful urination, and swelling of your face, lips or tongue. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Acetazolamide.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Acetazolamide?
Is it possible for me to take Acetazolamide with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Acetazolamide?
What are the possible drug interactions of Acetazolamide?
How will Acetazolamide work in my body?
How should Acetazolamide be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Acetazolamide drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before taking Acetazolamide, please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you suffer from gout, diabetes, sickle cell anemia, or Addison’s disease; if you have liver, lung or kidney problems; and if you have low potassium or sodium levels in your blood. This medicine should not be taken by pregnant or nursing mothers. Caution needs to be exercised while driving or operating machinery as Acetazolamide may cause drowsiness.
Keep Acetazolamide drug out of the reach of children. Store this drug in a cool place, away from direct heat and light.