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Dr. Siviero Agazzi
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Acetazolamide (Overview)

Acetazolamide is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor which is a kind of water pill or diuretic (heart failure drug, cardiovascular drug).


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What are acetazolamide side effects?

What are acetazolamide side effects?

Side effects acetazo: Many people have no or very little side effects.Other side effectsc are blurred vision, taste changes, nausea/vomiting/loss of appetite/constipation or diarrhea, drowssiness.There is always possibility of sever allergic reaction with swelling, rash, difficulty breathing and chest tightness.Frequent urination/blood in urine/darl urine, fever, lac of energy, yellowing of skin and eyes.Tingling in exremities. ...Read more

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Dr. Siviero Agazzi
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Acetazolamide (Overview)

Acetazolamide is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor which is a kind of water pill or diuretic (heart failure drug, cardiovascular drug).


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Changes in taste with diamox/acetazolamide?

Changes in taste with diamox/acetazolamide?

The Most Common:: Carbonated drinks taste awful for many on Diamox (acetazolamide) which can be a surprise if you are a dedicated soda pop fan; beer becomes dreadful as well. Foods may also become either bitter or oddly bland though this side effect sometimes fades with time. Others might note a metallic taste in their mouth. A few complain of nausea and loss of appetite. ...Read more

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Why do the prescribe betaxolol ophthalmic and Diamox (acetazolamide) for the eyes?

Why do the prescribe betaxolol ophthalmic and Diamox (acetazolamide) for the eyes?

Lower eye pressure: These are standard treatments for glaucoma - a condition in which the internal pressure of the eye is high enough to risk the vision. If you are getting these (or know someone who is getting them) then an eye doctor (hopefully a real one termed ophthalmologist) has seen you, determined the condition is present, and prescribed these effective agents to protect your eyesight. ...Read more

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How does acetazolamide work?

How does acetazolamide work?

Makes Blood Acidic: We hyperventilate at altitude, trying to grab more oxygen molecules. We blow off too much CO2 & ruin our acid base balance. We feel unwell. Diamox forces kidneys to excrete bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) a base of carbonic acid; speeding the move toward more normal acid base status--something that would take our bodies days to do. With Diamox, we achieve this much more quickly & avoid minor altitude symptoms. ...Read more

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Does acetazolamide have dangerous side effects?

It can: See labeling on diamox (acetazolamide). Depends on dosage, how you metabolize it, coexisting medications, if you are sensitive to it, drug interactions, etc. ...Read more

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Acetazolamide side effects?

Acetazolamide side effects?

See below: Flushing , confusion, convulsions, depression, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, fever, headache, malaise allergic skin reactions, photosensitivity, stevens-johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, urticaria electrolyte imbalance, growth retardation (children), hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, hypokalemia, hyponatremia are some side effects consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What are side effect of the acetazolamide ?

A mild variety: Common side effects of acetazolamide include dizziness, dry mouth, drowsiness, and an increased frequency of urination during the first few days of taking the pill. It may cause stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Acetazolamide’s side effects are typically mild in nature. ...Read more

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Have IIH, taking Acetazolamide for 2+months. Been slowly breaking out with zits all over body. Take long time to heal. Some just red bumps,some hurt.

Acne not common: Acne is not a common side effect of acetazolamide. It can a potentially dangerous skin reaction, hives, or rash, along with many other side effects. There are many other reasons for acne that include diet, hormones, and other medications. See your physician for evaluation if you're concerned. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682756.html ...Read more

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Ptc other than diamox/lasix/topamax and vp/lp shunts what other treatment options are available? I have no quality of life and seek another opinion.

Ptc other than diamox/lasix/topamax and vp/lp shunts what other treatment options are available? I have no quality of life and seek another opinion.

Botox: Ask your doctor about trying Botox - while it will not relieve intracranial pressure but it may improve your headaches. The advantages of Botox are long duration of effect (3 months), ease of administration, and safety and the only disadvantage is its cost. ...Read more

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Is there a better combination for PTC instead of diamox, topamax, and keppra (levetiracetam)? And R we close to a cure?

We have the cure: There is no cure, & we know the cure. Obesity is the major risk factor for PTC. Only 1 of my PTC pts has not been obese and her weight has to stay below 138 lb or the headaches come back. The arachnoid villi that reabsorb the CSF normalize when weight is lost; the abnormality appears in obesity. So for the foreseeable future, the "cure" for PTC will be weight loss. ...Read more

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How many mg of acetazolamide can you take before you overdose?

Acetazolamide Dose: The maximum dose recommended for acetazolamide daily is 1000mg. Taking more than 1000mg in one day is considered an overdose of this medication. ...Read more

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How does acetazolamide work?

Makes Blood Acidic: We hyperventilate at altitude, trying to grab more oxygen molecules. We blow off too much CO2 & ruin our acid base balance. We feel unwell. Diamox forces kidneys to excrete bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) a base of carbonic acid; speeding the move toward more normal acid base status--something that would take our bodies days to do. With Diamox, we achieve this much more quickly & avoid minor altitude symptoms. ...Read more

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Acetazolamide duration of action?

Acetazolamide: The half-life of acetazolamide is 10-15 hours. So that means that by roughly 15 hours, half of it has cleared, and half is still in the body. The concentration cotinues to be cut in half every 15 hours. Depending on the dosage and frequency, it lasts in the body for at least a few days. ...Read more

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Acetazolamide duration of action.?

Acetazolamide: The half-life of acetazolamide is 10-15 hours. So that means that by roughly 15 hours, half of it has cleared, and half is still in the body. The concentration cotinues to be cut in half every 15 hours. Depending on the dosage and frequency, it lasts in the body for at least a few days. ...Read more

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Changes in taste with diamox/acetazolamide?

The Most Common:: Carbonated drinks taste awful for many on Diamox (acetazolamide) which can be a surprise if you are a dedicated soda pop fan; beer becomes dreadful as well. Foods may also become either bitter or oddly bland though this side effect sometimes fades with time. Others might note a metallic taste in their mouth. A few complain of nausea and loss of appetite. ...Read more

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What kind of pain medication can I take with acetazolamide?

Almost any...: Whatever pain medication is appropriate for the painful disorder that you are currently experiencing, is likely to be safe with the drug you are asking about., as always, check with your doc. ...Read more

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What effect does Diamox (acetazolamide) have on your vision?

Lowers pressure: Diamox (acetazolamide) is a terrific agent for lowering the internal pressure of the eye. This will only have an effect on the vision if over the long run the vision would have been threatened by elevated pressure when Diamox (acetazolamide) could have normalized it. In the short run, no effects will be symptomatic. ...Read more

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How many mg of acetazolamide can you take before you overdose?

Acetazolamide Dose: The maximum dose recommended for acetazolamide daily is 1000mg. Taking more than 1000mg in one day is considered an overdose of this medication. ...Read more

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I have been on acetazolamide for 2 weeks now and I am still on it ?

Treatment?: Depends on what you are being treated for. I.E. Eye pressure, headaches, pseudotumor, altitude sickness, CSF issues, seizures, diuresis, etc. And if it is working or if you have any side effects. ...Read more

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I started Diamox (acetazolamide) 250mg 2x a day on friday, could it be working already?!

Why prescribed?: It is used in a variety of conditions: glaucoma, mountain sickness, a genetic cause of vertigo. Hard to answer without knowing why you are taking it and when you started (which friday) for most conditions, it begins to be helpful within 24 hours. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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Diamox (Definition)

Diamox is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor which is a kind of water pill or diuretic (heart ...Read more