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

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Dr. Jack Rubin
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis

In brief: Blood levels

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.

In brief: Blood levels

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.
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