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Diamox SR is a sustained release formula prescribed for treating glaucoma caused by high intraocular pressure that was not treated early enough before vision loss has begun. Taking Diamox SR will not repair any current damage to your sight, but it can help stop the damage from continuing. This is why it is so important to have your eyes checked regularly so your ophthalmologist can foresee any problems and correct it before your vision is affected.
When taken as directed, the active ingredient of Diamox SR called Acetazolamide SR works by blocking certain enzymes called carbonic anhydrase. In doing so, your body will excrete excess fluids including bicarbonate, sodium, and chloride. This helps to lower your intraocular pressure so the optic nerve will not be damaged and vision becomes impaired. The actions of Diamox SR can also benefit those with high blood pressure due to the diuretic effects of Acetazolamide.
ACETAZOLAMIDE is used to treat glaucoma. It is also used to treat and to prevent altitude or mountain sickness.
Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take with food or on an empty stomach. Do not crush or chew. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible: -allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue -breathing problems -confusion, depression -dark urine -fever -numbness, tingling in hands or feet -redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth -ringing in the ears -seizure -unusually weak or tired -yellowing of the eyes or skin Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome): -change in taste -diarrhea -headache -loss of appetite -nausea, vomiting -passing urine more often.