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Acetazolamide (Diamox) - Overview

Acetazolamide, marketed under the name Diamox, is a medication that is used in conditions such as altitude sickness, glaucoma, and heart failure. Push Health can connect people who need an acetazolamide prescription with a licensed medical provider who can prescribe Diamox when appropriate to do so.

Acetazolamide - Mechanism of Action

Acetazolamide (Diamox) belongs to a class of medications known as carbonic anhydrase inhibitors. Carbonic anhydrase is an enzyme that is involved with the reabsorption of specific ions - an action that is blocked by acetazolamide. Through its action, acetazolamide causes the excretion of bicarbonate which causes the body to hyperventilate to compensate for acidification in the blood. Hyperventilation results lower levels of carbon dioxide and higher levels of oxygen - a state which can be beneficial in higher altitudes.

Acetazolamide - Dosage

Acetazolamide tablets are usually available as acetazolamide 125 mg, acetazolamide 250 mg and acetazolamide 500 mg tablets. For the prevention of mountain sickness, acetazolamide is often prescribed as acetazolamide 125 mg or acetazolamide 250 mg orally two to three times per day starting one to two days before ascent and continuing at least five days while at altitude. Acetazolamide can also be considered a diuretic medication.

Can I Buy Acetazolamide Online?

Acetazolamide and Diamox are prescription medications in the United States and are not available over-the-counter (OTC). Consequently, one cannot simply buy acetazolamide online. Acetazolamide is moderately affordable at under $1 per pill at most pharmacies and some of that cost might be covered by one's insurance plan. Acetazolamide coupons might also be available online for people looking to reduce the cost even further.

Acetazolamide - Side Effects

Acetazolamide (Diamox), like other medications, can cause side effects. Side effects include loss of appetite, tinnitus, trouble sleeping, nausea, vomiting and numbness as well as electrolyte imbalances such as low sodium or potassium. Diamox (acetazolamide) should not be used by anyone who has had a hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to a sulfonamide or to the medication in the past. Acetazolamide should generally not be used by people with liver or kidney problems. Acetazolamide and alcohol use should be avoided. Before using acetazolamide, patients should discuss potential side effects and other concerns with their pharmacist and medical provider.

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Last updated April 25, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.