Acetazolamide sodium

generic

What is Acetazolamide sodium?

This medication is used with other medications to treat high pressure inside the eye due to certain types of glaucoma. Acetazolamide belongs to a class of drugs known as carbonic anhydrase inhibitors. It works by decreasing the production of fluid inside the eye. It is also used to decrease a buildup of body fluids (edema) caused by heart failure or certain medications. Acetazolamide can work less well over time, so it is usually used only for a short period.

It has also been used with other medications to treat certain types of seizures (petit mal and unlocalized seizures).

Uses

  • obstructive hydrocephalus
  • idiopathic intracranial hypertension
  • peripheral edema due to chronic heart failure
  • peripheral edema
  • metabolic alkalosis
  • urine alkalinization
  • acute angle-closure glaucoma

Usage Instructions

This medication is given by injection into a vein by a health care professional. It is given as directed by your doctor, usually 1 to 4 times daily.

If you use this drug too close to bedtime, you may need to wake up to urinate. It is best to use this medication at least 4 hours before your bedtime.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.

Drink plenty of fluids unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day.

Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.

Tell your doctor if your condition lasts or gets worse.

Storage

Not applicable. This medication is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.