Diamox vs. Azopt

Are Diamox and Azopt the Same Thing?

Diamox Sequels (acetazolamide) and Azopt (brinzolamide ophthalmic suspension) are carbonic anhydrase inhibitors used to treat glaucoma.

Diamox is also used to treat and to prevent acute mountain sickness (altitude sickness). Diamox is also used as a part of some treatment plans for congestive heart failure and seizure disorders.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Diamox?

Common side effects of Diamox include:

Other side effects of Diamox Sequels include:

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.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Azopt?

Common side effects of Azopt include:

  • temporary blurred vision,
  • double vision,
  • drooping eyelids,
  • bitter/sour/unusual taste in your mouth,
  • dry eyes,
  • temporary discomfort/itching/redness/burning/stinging of the eye,
  • feeling as if something is in your eye,
  • eye discharge,
  • headache,
  • stomach or back pain,
  • nausea, or
  • diarrhea.

Seek immediate medical attention if you have rare but very serious side effects of Azopt including:

What Is Diamox?

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.

What Is Azopt?

Azopt is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor indicated for in the treatment of elevated intraocular pressure in patients with ocular hypertension or open-angle glaucoma


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What Drugs Interact With Diamox?

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.

What Drugs Interact With Azopt?

Azopt may interact with salicylates such as aspirin, Novasal, Doan's Extra Strength, Salflex, Tricosal, and others. Other drugs may interact with Azopt ophthalmic. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use.

How Should Diamox Be Taken?

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.

How Should Azopt Be Taken?

The recommended dose is one drop of Azopt ophthalmic suspension 1% in the affected eye(s) three times daily. If more than one topical ophthalmic drug is being used, the drugs should be administered at least ten (10) minutes apart.


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DailyMed. Diamox Sequels Product Information.
Novartis. Azopt Product Information.

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