Acetazolamide is used to reduce eye pressure in glaucoma. It is also used in the treatment and prevention of altitude sickness.
Take acetazolamide regularly as directed with a glass of water.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with acetazolamide including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Sore throat, feeling unwell
Fever, skin rash, itching, tiredness
Easy/unusual bruising or bleeding
Tingling or numbness
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Ringing in the ears, dizziness, headache
Peeing more often
Flushing, muscle weakness
Confusion, drowsiness, low mood
Diarrhoea, change of appetite, changes in taste
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. February 2018
For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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