Who is Acetazolomide suitable for?
This medicine is for use in Adult travellers, not necessarily mountaineers, who will travel to high altitude areas quickly without suitable acclimatisation periods. Typical tourist destinations include the South American Andes (Peru and Bolivia) and Kilimanjaro treks. However, at Travelpharm we have seen it all with mountaineers off to Pakistan, Nepal and Russia.
How to take Acetazolamide?
The usual dose is half to one tablet twice daily, (125mg-250mg twice daily). This is usually started one to two days before ascent and continued daily until you have reached your highest point or are suitably acclimatised.
This medicine is being used "off-label". This means that it is not being used for its licenced indication (Glaucoma). It is however commonly prescribed for preventing altitude sickness in travellers visiting high altitudes.
Each tablet contains 250mg Acetazolamide. Also contains dicalcium phosphate, corn starch, magnesium stearate, sodium starch glycolate, povidone.
What side effects could I expect?
Most people tolerate Acetazolomide with few side effects reported, however, some common side effects which may effect around 1 in 10 people may include:
- passing extra urine
- tingling in fingers and toes
- taste disturbance
Who can't use Acetazolamide?
Acetazolamide is not suitable for everyone. The following individuals should not take Acetazolamide:
- If you are allergic to Acetazolamide (Diamox) or a group of medicines known as Sulphonamides
- If you suffer from severe liver failure
- If you suffer severe kidney problems
- Suffer from Addison's Disease
- Your blood chemistry is out of balance ie you have low sodium/potassium or high chlorine
Please read the Patient Information Leaflet carefully before taking this medicine. additional information about more unusual side effects can be found here as well.
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