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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

Altered taste, Blurred vision, Eye pain, Decreased potassium level in blood, Paresthesia (tingling or pricking sensation), Foreign body sensation in eyes, 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


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 19 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)