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Acetazolamide-Oral



Acetazolamide is used for certain seizure disorders, glaucoma or altitude sickness.

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Uses
Acetazolamide is used for certain seizure disorders, glaucoma or altitude sickness.


Storage
  • Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.


Overdose
  • If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Symptoms of overdose may include severe nausea and vomiting, confusion, drowsiness, or rapid breathing.

How To Use
  • Acetazolamide may be taken with food or milk to reduce stomach upset.
  • Your dosage depends on your medical condition and response to Acetazolamide.
  • Take exactly as directed by your doctor.
  • Acetazolamide may reduce the potassium levels in your blood.
  • A potassium supplement may be prescribed by your doctor.
  • Consult your doctor about this.

Side Effects
  • Acetazolamide may cause dizziness and lightheadedness especially during the first few days as your body adjusts to it.
  • Rise slowly from a seated or lying position.
  • Blurred vision, loss of appetite, itching, stomach upset, headache and weakness may also occur.
  • If these symptoms persist or worsen, inform your doctor.
  • Notify your doctor if you develop: muscle cramps or pain, sore throat, skin rash, unusual bleeding or bruising, tingling of the hands or feet.
  • In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to Acetazolamide, seek immediate medical attention.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Tell your doctor your medical history, especially: low sodium or potassium blood levels, adrenal gland problems, lung disease, kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, any allergies.
  • Use caution performing tasks requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery if Acetazolamide makes you dizzy or drowsy.
  • Acetazolamide should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • Acetazolamide is excreted into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially: lithium, digoxin, aspirin, cisapride, diuretics ( water pills ), amphetamines, methenamine, medication for depression, irregular heartbeats.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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