Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Diamox Sequels (acetazolamide) is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor used to treat glaucoma and to treat and to prevent acute mountain sickness (altitude sickness). Diamox Sequels is also used as a part of some treatment plans for congestive heart failure and seizure disorders. Diamox Sequels is available in generic form. Common side effects of Diamox Sequels include:
- lightheadedness, and
- an increased amount of urine, especially during the first few days as your body adjusts to the medication.
Other side effects of Diamox Sequels include:
- blurred vision or changes in vision,
- dry mouth,
- loss of appetite,
- stomach upset,
- changes in taste,
- mild tremor,
- increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight,
- worsening gout,
- loss of blood sugar control (if you are diabetic), or
- ringing in your ears or hearing problems.
Tell your doctor if you have unlikely but serious side effects of Diamox Sequels including:
- increased body hair,
- hearing loss,
- unusual tiredness,
- persistent nausea or vomiting, or
- severe stomach or abdominal pain.
To treat glaucoma, the recommended dosage of Diamox Sequels is 1 capsule (500 mg) two times a day. To treat acute mountain sickness, dosage is 500 mg to 1000 mg daily, in divided doses using tablets or extended-release capsules as appropriate. Diamox Sequels may interact with cyclosporine, primidone, diflunisal, aspirin and other salicylates, or lithium. Tell your doctor all medications you use. Diamox Sequels should be used during pregnancy only if prescribed. This medication passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our Diamox Sequels (acetazolamide) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking acetazolamide and seek emergency medical attention:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- a sore throat or a fever;
- unusual bleeding or bruising;
- side or groin pain;
- tingling or tremors in your hands or feet; or
- a rash.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take acetazolamide and talk to your doctor if you experience
- decreased appetite, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, or changes in taste;
- drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue, or weakness;
- nervousness or mild tremor;
- headache or confusion;
- increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight;
- worsening gout;
- loss of blood sugar control (if you are diabetic);
- ringing in your ears or hearing problems; or
- changes in your vision.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Diamox Sequels (Acetazolamide XR)
Hepato-biliary disorders:Abnormal liver function, cholestatic jaundice, hepatic insufficiency, fulminant hepatic necrosis
Metabolic/Nutritional:Metabolic acidosis, electrolyte imbalance, including hypokalemia, hyponatremia, osteomalacia with long-term phenytoin therapy, loss of appetite, taste alteration, hyper/hypoglycemia
Special senses:Hearing disturbances, tinnitus, transient myopia
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Diamox Sequels (Acetazolamide XR)
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