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Acetazolamide

 

Indications:

For atypical absenxe, atonic and tonic seizures as well as partial seizures and generalized tonic-clonic seizures.
   
Dosage: Adults and children--Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The usual dose is 10 mg/kg daily.
   
Special Attention: Check with the doctor if:

Currently taking Amphetamines or Mecamylamine (e.g.Inversine) or Quinidine (e.g.Quinidex) or Methenamine (e.g.Mandelamine)

You have Underactive adrenal gland (Addison's disease) or Diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes) or Emphysema or other chronic lung disease or Gout or Low blood levels of potassium or sodium or Kidney disease or stones

   
Special Precaution: This medicine may cause a loss of potassium from your body . To help prevent this, your doctor may want you to eat or drink foods that have a high potassium content (for example, orange or other citrus fruit juices) or take a potassium supplement.

Your doctor may want you to increase the amount of fluids you drink while you are taking this medicine. This is to prevent kidney stones.

For diabetic patients : This medicine may raise blood and urine sugar levels. Care in testing for sugar in your blood or urine is impartant.

   
Special Instruction: This medicine may be taken with meals to lessen the chance of stomach upset.

To keep the increase in urine (one of side effects) from affecting your nighttime sleep:

  • If you are to take a single dose a day, take it in the morning after breakfast.
  • If you are to take more than one dose a day, take the last dose no later than 6 p.m., unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
   
Common Side Effects: Diarrhea; general feeling of discomfort or illness; increase in frequency of urination or amount of urine (rare with methazolamide); loss of appetite; metallic taste in mouth; nausea or vomiting; numbness, tingling, or burning in hands, fingers, feet, toes, mouth, lips, tongue, or anus; weight loss
   
Rare Side Effects: Constipation; dizziness or lightheadedness; drowsiness; feeling of choking or lump in the throat; headache; increased sensitivity of eyes to sunlight; loss of taste and smell; nervousness or irritability
   
SEE the doctor if: Unusual tiredness or weakness. Blood in urine; difficult urination; mental depression; pain in lower back; pain or burning while urinating; sudden decrease in amount of urine.
   
Comments: Check with your doctor if you have any changes in your vision (especially problems with seeing faraway objects) when you first begin taking this medicine

 

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Information here is specific for Acetazolamide

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