What is Acetazolamide?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Acetazolamide is most often used in the treatment of glaucoma, drug-induced edema or edema due to congestive heart failure, epilepsy, and prevention or amelioration of symptoms associated with acute mountain sickness. It may also be used for urine alkalization or as a respiratory stimulant.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Idiopathic intracranial hypertension 43 27
Epilepsy 7 6
Papilledema 5 3
Headaches 3 2
Abnormal cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) 2 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 12
Moderate 14
Mild 18
None 13

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Acetazolamide

Side effect Patients
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 6
Fatigue 5
Nausea 5
Hands tingling 3
Tingling 3
Upset stomach 3

Show all 44 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Acetazolamide

Dosage Patients
500 mg twice daily 2
1 g twice daily 1
16 other daily 1
250 mg daily 1
250 mg three times daily 1
1,000 mg daily 1
250 mg four times daily 1
250mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Acetazolamide

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 12
Side effects too severe 11
Doctor's advice 7
Course of treatment ended 5
Other 4
Expense 2
Personal research 1
See all 31 patients who've stopped taking Acetazolamide

Duration

Currently taking Acetazolamide

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 4
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Acetazolamide

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 43
Usually 11
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 13
Not at all hard to take 35
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 27
Not specified 24

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Acetazolamide after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 1

Patients stopped taking Acetazolamide and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 1
Topiramate (Topamax) 1
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9 patient evaluations for Acetazolamide

Mar 12, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for dizziness)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication helps my CADASIL symptoms of headache, dizziness, nausea, and lightheadedness.

  • 1 helpful mark

Mar 11, 2013 (Started Jun 06, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for idiopathic intracranial hypertension)
  • Side effects
    Severe (excessive dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 27, 2012 (Started Mar 16, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for idiopathic intracranial hypertension)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (numbness and tingling with pins and needles, metallic taste in mouth, excessive sleeping (hypersomnia), fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I would not take this medication given better options, but they really don't exist for IIH. I try to take it with either breakfast or lunch, and with dinner.
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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