What is Diamox (Acetazolamide) used for?
Diamox is prescribed to manage and prevent symptoms associated with altitude sickness (or acute mountain sickness). Altitude sickness can occur when individuals are unaccustomed to the lack of oxygen at high altitudes of 8200 feet or higher.
Symptoms can include dizziness, tiredness, nausea and headache. Symptoms can improve with rest and hydration until your body becomes accustomed to the atltude.
Frequently Asked Questions About Diamox
It is important to take Diamox as directed and in accordance with the directions on the manufacturer's packaging. IT may be taken up to 4 times a day depending on your condition and severity of symptoms.
Do not crush, chew or split the tablets as it is meant to work as a long acting drug. You are meant to take Diamox before you are expected to climb, during your climb and for at least two days after reaching your maximum altitude.
If you stop taking it early, symptoms can reoccur. Dianox cannot prevent serious side effects such as Confusion, faintness or inability to walk. This is stored at room temperature.
Avoid breastfeeding while taking Diamox. Wear protective clothing when in direct sunlight as this medication can make you prone to sunburns.
Diamox Has known side effects. This is not a complete list and includes frequently reported adverse events. If you experience any signs and symptoms of serious side effects when taking Estradot Patch, talk to your doctor or emergency care.
Report side effects with Diamox to your doctor. If you find them unmanageable call your doctor or pharmacist for medical advice about side effects.
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- sore throat
- weight loss
- metallic taste in mouth
- pale stools
- irregular heartbeats
- nausea or vomiting
- muscle cramps or pain
- hives, itching of skin, skin rash, or sores
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
- yellow eyes or skin
- pain or burning while urinating
- Blood in urine
- sudden decrease in amount of urine
- mental depression
- nausea or vomiting
- Dryness of mouth
- darkening of urine
- increased thirst
- ringing or buzzing in the ears
- loss of appetite
- loss of taste and smell
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- Bloody or black, tarry stools
- pain in lower back
- difficult urination
- nervousness or irritability
- increase in frequency of urination or amount of urine (rare with methazolamide)
- increased sensitivity of eyes to sunlight
- clumsiness or unsteadiness
- feeling of choking or lump in the throat
- convulsions (seizures)
- numbness, tingling, or burning in hands, fingers, feet, toes, mouth, lips, tongue, or anus
- weak pulse
- mood or mental changes
- Shortness of breath or trouble in breathing
- general feeling of discomfort or illness
- unusual bruising or bleeding
- electrolyte imbalance
The following drugs are known to interact with Diamox. This is not an exhaustive list of all possible drug interactions. It is important to disclose all your current medications, (including prescription medications) with your doctor to prevent allergic reactions or adverse interactions. They may have to determine if the interaction is worth the benefit of using both drugs or if your therapeutic plan needs to be changed.
- Arsenic Trioxide
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. Any prescription drug use needs to be approved by your doctor. Do not avoid or ignore any advice provided by your physician in favor of what is written here. Always consult with a pharmacist or doctor before taking this medication and seek counselling if you have any questions or concerns about your medication.