Diamox is useful for treating glaucoma. Is also helps in the treatment and prevention of acute mountain sickness or altitude sickness. It is also helpful in the treatment of seizure disorders as well as cognitive heart failure.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
Diamox may be taken with a meal to prevent stomach problems.
A full glass of water when taken with Diamox always ensures better absorption.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Diamox ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Diamox each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Diamox being a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor seeks to reduce the activity of the protein in your body. This protein is the Carbonic anhydrase.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Diamox must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature preferably at 25 degrees C.
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Diamox (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
You must also avoid using Diamox if you have conditions like adrenal gland problems, kidney or liver problems, low blood levels of potassium or sodium, high blood levels of chloride, or certain other electrolyte problems.
Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.
The medication of Diamox can make you sensitive towards sunlight. So it is advisable to avoid going out in the sunlight or even the tanning booths. Use a sun-block before you step out in the sun and also wear protective clothing so that you can easily avoid too much exposure to the sunlight.
Diabetic patients who are taking Diamox are strictly advised to regularly get their blood sugar level checked. Diamox is known to affect the blood sugar level in patients suffering from diabetes.
Diamox is known to make some people dizzy or drowsy. And if you consume alcoholic beverages, then the chances of this happening increase greatly. Hence, alcohol and alcoholic beverages must be strictly avoided while taking Diamox. If you have experienced drowsiness after taking Diamox, then avoid tasks that require mental alertness for example, driving, handling heavy equipment or machinery etc.
Certain laboratory tests may be made mandatory while you are using Diamox. These tests include blood electrolyte levels, a complete blood cell count, or even platelet levels and are conducted to analyze your progress to treatment and guage the degree to which side effects are being experienced. You must never miss out on any such lab tests.
Your lab technician or doctor must be informed that you are taking Diamox before you undergo any lab tests or emergency surgical procedures.
Proper care and precautions must be taken when Diamox is prescribed to a child patient under the age of 12.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Diamox. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Diamox usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Diamox. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.