ACETAZOLAMIDE 250 mg
Manufacturer: Balkan Pharmaceuticals
Active Ingredient: acetazolamide
Acetazolamide is used to treat glaucoma, a condition in which increased pressure in the eye can lead to gradual loss of vision. Acetazolamide decreases the pressure in the eye. Acetazolamide is also used to reduce the severity and duration of symptoms (upset stomach, headache, shortness of breath, dizziness, drowsiness, and fatigue) of altitude (mountain) sickness. Acetazolamide is used with other medicines to reduce edema (excess water retention) and to help control seizures in certain types of epilepsy.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used?
Acetazolamide comes as a tablet and capsule to take by mouth. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take acetazolamide exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
If you are taking the extended-release (long-acting) form of acetazolamide (Diamox Sequels), do not crush or chew the capsules.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking acetazolamide,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to acetazolamide, sulfa drugs, diuretics ('water pills'), or any other drugs.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially amphetamines, aspirin, cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune), medications for depression or irregular heartbeat, diflunisal (Dolobid), digoxin (Lanoxin), diuretics ('water pills'), lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid), phenobarbital, primidone (Mysoline), and vitamins.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had heart, liver, or kidney disease; or diabetes.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking acetazolamide, call your doctor immediately.
- if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking acetazolamide.
- you should know that this drug may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this drug affects you.
- remember that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this drug.
- plan to avoid unnecessary or prolonged exposure to sunlight and to wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Acetazolamide may make your skin sensitive to sunlight.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Acetazolamide may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- upset stomach
- loss of appetite
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- numbness and tingling
- increased thirst and urination
- blood in urine
- painful urination
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- sore throat
- unusual bleeding or bruising
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online [at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch] or by phone [1-800-332-1088].
About Balkan Pharmaceuticals
Balkan Pharmaceuticals is dedicated to provide high quality products for the global market and obtained lawful recognition of their operations in 2007 by the government of the Republic of Moldova.
Established under a mission of service to humanity, Balkan Pharmaceuticals is dedicated to providing a wide range of pharmaceuticals and is building a reputation of quality and integrity known around the world. They have assembled a staff of highly trained, dedicated individuals for the development, testing, and manufacture of life enhancing pharmaceuticals.
Balkan Pharmaceuticals is dedicated to meeting GMP standards set by the highest global authorities and has achieved full recognition of those authorities.
In addition, Balkan Pharmaceuticals is pursuing expansion, both in production facilities and in market area. Though currently authorized for distribution within Moldova only, they are actively working for their products to be approved in most of CIS nations.
Each product manufactured by Balkan Pharmaceuticals has an Unique Product Identification Code (UPIC) printed on it that can be used for checking against Online UPIC Checking System. This way you can be sure that the product you use is legitimate.
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