Acetazolamide is a diuretic is used to prevent and treat acute mountain sickness. Altitude illness is a spectrum of conditions that are common in travelers at high altitude (above 2,500 meters/8,000 feet). Altitude illnesses include acute mountain sickness (AMS), high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE), and high altitude cerebral edema (HACE). Altitude illness can range from mild to life-threatening. Acetazolamide can be used for prevention of AMS and treatment of mild to moderate AMS.
If you are allergic to sulfa medications, you may or may not be allergic to acetazolamide. Discuss with a physician before use. Side effects of acetazolamide include tingling in the extremities (peripheral paresthesia), increased urination, flat taste of carbonated beverages, drowsiness, impotence, visual changes, and rarely severe allergic reaction.
Acetazolamide can rarely cause severe allergic reaction and blood disorders.
|Altitude illness prophylaxis||acetaZOLAMIDE 125 mg by mouth twice daily, starting 24 hours before ascent and until 2 days after arrival at your highest altitude|
Adult doses are shown, unless otherwise specified. Refer to weight-based dosing guidelines for pediatric patients.
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