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Dr. Siviero Agazzi
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Acetazolamide (Definition)

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


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What kind of pain medication can I take with acetazolamide?

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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I'm on Diamox (acetazolamide) 250mg tid, for Chiari malformation. I'm wondering if dandelion root tea will effect my medication?

Chiari malformation: Yes. Dandelion root is a diuretic and so is Diamox (acetazolamide) (actazolamide). Also, dandelion root may slow the breakdown of Diamox (acetazolamide) and lead to undesirable side-effects. Discuss the dandelion root with your neurosurgeon/neurologist. ...Read more

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I am being treated with both diamox and topamax. Neither medications have helped my headaches to lessen. I've had my vision looked at by a neuro-ophthalmologist. I have mild paps. Since my headaches are not improving does that mean I need to increase the

I am being treated with both diamox and topamax. Neither medications have helped my headaches to lessen. I've had my vision looked at by a neuro-ophthalmologist. I have mild paps. Since my headaches are not improving does that mean I need to increase the

Complex: Your case is complex, and thus you need to speak to your neuroophthalmologist in more detail. They should be able to assess your headaches along with your vision to see what signs and symptoms are present that a diagnostic plan can be created and altered to address your issues. ...Read more

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How does the drug Diamox (acetazolamide) effect electrolyte function in the body?

How does the drug Diamox (acetazolamide) effect electrolyte function in the body?

Diuretic: Acetazolamide is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor leading to loss of bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) in the urine. This can cause metabolic acidosis. In addition all diuretics cause fluid losses, this may lead to low potassium. The primary problem here is the acidosis. ...Read more

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Could you have a bad drug interaction between Diamox (acetazolamide) and ciprofloxacin?

I was unable to find: Any drug interactions between Ciprofloxacin ; Diamox (acetazolamide) but please be aware of issues related to taking Ciprofloxacin with dairy. ...Read more

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Why does a physician continually check electrolyte levels after prescribing the drug diamox (acetazolamide)?

Blood levels: Acetazolamide (a) is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor. It can be used for the treatment of moderate to severe metabolic or respiratory alkalosis. A does this by interfering with bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) (hco3-) reabsorption in the kidneys, thereby reacidifying the blood – hence alkalyzing the urine. The physician wants to monitor how the co2 levels in the blood are to see if changes in the dose of a are needed. ...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 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

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Does Diamox (acetazolamide) 500 mg 2x/day taken for three weeks need to be tapered off? How slowly?

Tapering dose: My first question would be why were you started on Diamox (acetazolamide)? Who prescribed this med to you? What was the condition it was intended to treat?

I would also try to contact the physician who started this medication. You should not get any withdrawal symptoms from this medication. ...Read more

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Is acetazolamide for nausea?

NO: Make sure you only take medications prescribed to you from your doctor. This medication is not for nausea, but there are many other good medications for nausea. Most important is seeing your doctor to look for the cause of the nausea. ...Read more

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Is acetazolamide barbiturate?

No: This is used for glaucoma and altitude sicknes, actually carbonic anhydrase inhibitor.....Not a barbiturate. ...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 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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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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Acetazolamide mechanism of action and duration?

Acetazolamide: This drug works in the kidneys by inhibiting an enzyme called carbonic anhydrase. Carbonic anhydrase is the enzyme responsible for moving bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) (a base) from the kidney back into the blood stream. Acetazolamide blocks this action, resulting in more acidic blood/more basic urine. This drug has a half-life of 15 hours, so depending on the dose may take a few days to clear. ...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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Could an overdose of Diamox (acetazolamide) pills kill you?

Could an overdose of Diamox (acetazolamide) pills kill you?

Unlikely: Although serious dehydration and salt depletion has occurred requiring hospitalization and supportive care, overdose of Diamox (acetazolamide) is very survivable. The half life of Diamox (acetazolamide) is 9 hours and is cleared by the kidneys. Usually fluid support is given and often potassium while maintaining the body's in acid base balance. As Diamox (acetazolamide) clears out, the person gradually recovers--usually without any lasting harm. ...Read more

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Please tell me can an overdose of Diamox (acetazolamide) kill you?

Please tell me can an overdose of Diamox (acetazolamide) kill you?

I don't know about: Overdosing but there are case reports of death after use of Acetazolamide (diamox). ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Diamox (Definition)

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