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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?

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 ?

What are side effect of the acetazolamide ?

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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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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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Diamox (Definition)

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