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Diamox Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Acetazolamide is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor. Carbonic anhydrase is a protein in your body. It reduces the activity of this protein. Diamox® helps to treat glaucoma, various types of epilepsy or seizure disorders.

Diamox Dosage

  • For the treatment of Glaucoma, the usual starting dosages range from 250 milligrams to 1 gram per 24 hours in 2 or more smaller doses.
  • For the treatment of congestive Heart Failure, the usual starting dosage to reduce fluid retention in people with congestive heart failure is 250 milligrams to 375 milligrams per day.

Uses of Diamox

  • Acetazolamide is used to treat glaucoma and to treat and to prevent acute mountain sickness.
  • It is also used as a part of some treatment plans for congestive heart failure and seizure disorders.

Side Effects of Diamox

Before taken Diamox medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Diamox. Side effects may include:

  • Change in taste
  • Diarrhea
  • Increase in amount or frequency of urination
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Ringing in the ears

Warnings and precautions before taking Diamox:

  • You should tell your doctor your medical history, especially if you have low sodium or potassium blood levels, adrenal gland problems, lung disease, kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, any allergies.
  • After taken this medicine, then you may feel dizzy, or drowsiness. So you should not participate in any activities that require alertness such as driving and operate machinery.
  • Acetazolamide should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.

Drug Interaction :-If you are taking Diamox with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Diamox with the following:

  • Amitriptyline
  • Cyclosporine
  • Lithium
  • Methenamine
  • Oral diabetes drugs such as Micronase
  • Quinidine

After taken Diamox if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Diamox overdose include

  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Shaking
  • Ringing in the ears

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