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Frequently Asked Questions

What is acetazolamide (Diamox, Avva) used for?

Short Answer

Acetazolamide is used to treat certain seizure disorders, glaucoma, altitude sickness, congestive heart failure, and other conditions.

Long Answer

Acetazolamide (a-set-a-ZOLE-a-mide), sold as Diamox and Avva, is a medication used:

  • to treat glaucoma by lowering the intraocular pressure
  • as a diuretic
  • as an anticonvulsant for centrencephalic epilepsy patients
  • to treat and prevent acute mountain sickness (altitude sickness)
  • for certain epileptic seizures
  • for other conditions (see references below)

Learn more about Acetazolamide here.

Additional Information

Drugs.com: Acetazolamide (a-set-a-ZOLE-a-mide)
Acetazolamide is used for treating certain types of glaucoma, epilepsy, or edema (fluid buildup) in combination with other medicines. It is also used to treat or prevent symptoms of mountain sickness. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. Acetazolamide is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor. It reduces fluid pressure in the eyeball by decreasing fluid formation in the eyeball. It also increases the removal of water from the body by the kidney. It also may block certain nerve discharges that may contribute to seizures.
RxList.com: Acetazolamide Tablets USP
Acetazolamide is available as oral tablets containing 125 mg and 250 mg of acetazolamide respectively and the following inactive ingredients: Lactose Monohydrate, Corn Starch, Gelatin, Glycerin, Purified Water, Talc, Sodium Starch Glycolate, and Magnesium Stearate.

INDICATIONS: For adjunctive treatment of: edema due to congestive heart failure; drug-induced edema; centrencephalic epilepsies (petit mal, unlocalized seizures); chronic simple (open-angle) glaucoma, secondary glaucoma, and preoperatively in acute angle-closure glaucoma where delay of surgery is desired in order to lower intraocular pressure. Acetazolamide Tablets are also indicated for the prevention or amelioration of symptoms associated with acute mountain sickness in climbers attempting rapid ascent and in those who are very susceptible to acute mountain sickness despite gradual ascent.

Note: The dosage recommendations for glaucoma and epilepsy differ considerably from those for congestive heart failure, since the first two conditions are not dependent upon carbonic anhydrase inhibition in the kidney which requires intermittent dosage if it is to recover from the inhibitory effect of the therapeutic agent.
Health.msn.com: acetazolamide (From Healthwise)
Acetazolamide is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor. Carbonic anhydrase is a protein in your body. Acetazolamide reduces the activity of this protein. Acetazolamide is used to treat glaucoma and to treat and to prevent acute mountain sickness (altitude sickness). It is also used as a part of some treatment plans for congestive heart failure and seizure disorders.
MedlinePlus Drug Information: Acetazolamide Oral
Acetazolamide is used to treat glaucoma, a condition in which increased pressure in the eye can lead to gradual loss of vision. Acetazolamide decreases the pressure in the eye. Acetazolamide is also used to reduce the severity and duration of symptoms (upset stomach, headache, shortness of breath, dizziness, drowsiness, and fatigue) of altitude (mountain) sickness. Acetazolamide is used with other medicines to reduce edema (excess water retention) and to help control seizures in certain types of epilepsy.
Wikipedia: Acetazolamide
Acetazolamide, sold under the trade name Diamox, is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor that is used to treat glaucoma, epileptic seizures, benign intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), altitude sickness, cystinuria, and dural ectasia. Acetazolamide is available as a generic drug and is also used as a diuretic.
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