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Dr. James Krick
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Diamox (Overview)

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


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

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

Dr. James Krick
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Diamox (Overview)

Diamox 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?

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?

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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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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Taken diamox/acetazolamide have you noticed the side effects reduce as you acclimate?

Acetazolamide side: Yes the minor side effects mainly gastrointestinal do get better as you get used to this drug.On the whole it is well tolerated by most patients. ...Read more

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Ptc other tham diamox/lasix/topamax vp/lp shunts, what are other treatment options? Noquality of life here lps only last 2-3 days. My kids need mommy!

Ptc other tham diamox/lasix/topamax vp/lp shunts, what are other treatment options? Noquality of life here lps only last 2-3 days. My kids need mommy!

Weight loss: Pseudotumor cerebri is most often associated with significant obesity. If this is the case then significant weight loss will lower your icp. Bariatric surgery is often indicated for patients with obesity and pseudotumor cerebri and has good results. ...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.

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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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