Diamox, also known as acetazolamide, is a medication used to reduce symptoms of altitude sickness. This drug prevents symptoms of nausea, dizziness, tiredness, and shortness of breath that can occur when climbing high altitudes quickly. Acetazolamide is used when you cannot ascend slowly and allow your body to adjust to the altitude. This drug is also used with other medications to treat pressure in the eye due to certain types of glaucoma.
Diamox is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor, which works by decreasing the production of fluid inside the eye. It also decreases the buildup of body fluids caused by heart failure or other medications. This drug is typically used for a short period of time.
Make sure to always read the patient information and instructions before using this medication. Always follow your doctor’s directions.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist:
You should also know:
Common side effects of Diamox include but are not limited to:
Get medical help if you have any of the following side effects of acetazolamide.
Can pregnant women take Diamox?
During pregnancy, this drug can be used when necessary, but consult your doctor to discuss risks and benefits. This drug also passes into breast milk, but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant.