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Acetazolamide is used in the treatment of glaucoma

How it works

Acetazolamide reduces the formation of aqueous humor (fluid in the eye), which in turn lowers high pressure in the eye.

Common side effects

Decreased potassium level in blood, Paresthesia (tingling or pricking sensation), Drowsiness, Kidney stone

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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



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


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

Content on this page was last updated on 13 April, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)