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Acetazolamide

INFORMATION

Uses

Acetazolamide is used in the treatment of glaucoma (high eye pressure).

How it works

Acetazolamide lowers high pressure in eye by reducing formation of aqueous humor (fluid in eye).

Common side effects

Numbness, Tingling sensation, Frequent urge to urinate, Excessive thirst, Acne-like rash, Bruise, Bleeding, Blood in urine, Confusion, Drowsiness, Difficulty in urination, Epileptic convulsion, Vomiting, Gastrointestinal disorder, Headache, Loss of appetite, Sore throat, Stomach upset, Yellow discoloration of skin, Fever

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Expert advice

• Tell your doctor if you have adrenal gland problems, low blood levels of potassium or sodium, kidney problems, liver problems, high blood levels of chloride, or other electrolyte problems.
• Seek immediate medical attention if you develop severe allergic reaction (eg. severe rash, breathing difficulties, or dizziness).
• Do not drive or operate machinery while taking acetazolamide as it may cause dizziness.
• Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
• Patients allergic to acetazolamide or any of its ingredients should not take Acetazolamide.
• Patients with cirrhosis, severe liver or kidney disease, an electrolyte imbalance, adrenal gland failure should not take Acetazolamide.
 

Frequently asked questions

Acetazolamide

Q.Does acetazolamide cause weight loss?
No, acetazolamide does not causes weight loss

Q.Does acetazolamide cause kidney stones?
Yes, acetazolamide has potential to cause kidney stones.


Content on this page was last updated on 24 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)