Acetazolamide

(uh-seet-uh-ZOLE-uh-myde)  

Acetazolamide (Diamox) is a type of medication known as a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor.

It is used to treat elevated pressure in the eye, in a condition called glaucoma.

It is also used as a diuretic and it can be used to treat altitude sickness.

Acetazolamide has also been used in combination with other medications for the treatment of refractory seizures.

It can be given as a tablet, liquid, or long-acting capsule, and is also available in intravenous (IV) form.

  • Give this medication only as directed, and do not stop unless directed to stop by your child's doctor.
  • This medication may be taken with food or milk to reduce stomach upset.
  • Notify your child's doctor if your child has diabetes or asthma. Talk with your child's doctor or pharmacist before giving any over-the-counter (OTC) medications.
  • This drug may reduce potassium levels in your child's blood and your child's doctor may prescribe a potassium supplement. You can discuss this with your child's doctor.
  • Do not use after the expiration date on the bottle or package.
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children.
  • If too much of this medication is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC), 513-636-5111 or 1-800-222-1222, or call your child's doctor immediately.

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember, but do not take it if it is almost time for your next dose. Instead, skip the missed dose and then continue with your usual dosing schedule.

Do not double your dose to catch up. If you have any further questions, contact your doctor.

Call your child's doctor if the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Decreased appetite
  • Stomach upset
  • Itching
  • Headache

Call your child's doctor immediately if your child develops any of the following:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Rash
  • Vision changes

Last Updated 11/2013