Acetazolamide

*** PLEASE NOTE***
The information and instructions on the following pages should not replace those given to you by your doctor.


Acetazolamide is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor that treats different types of glaucoma, moderate to severe metabolic or respiratory alkalosis and acute mountain sickness.

Do not use when

  • Your child has a known allergy to one of the ingredients

Storing the Medication
Medication should be kept in a cool, dry place, out of reach of children. Do not use past the expiration date.

Administering the Medication
Administer the medication at the times instructed by your physician.

Treating Acute Mountain Sickness: 2-4 tablets in divided portions. If your child will be ascending quickly, the recommended dose is 4 tablets a day. It is recommended to begin treatment 24-48 hours prior to ascent and continue treatment for 48 hours afterwards. Do not exceed the recommended dose. This medication can increase the frequency of urination.

It is recommended to take this medication during or after a meal to reduce the chances of stomach pains.

What should I do if I forgot to administer the medication on time?
Give the medication as soon as you remember. If the next dose is soon, skip the forgotten dose. Do not give two doses at once.

When can I stop treatment?
Finish the round as instructed by your doctor. Even if your child's condition improves, do not stop treatment without consulting your doctor.

Side effects
Side effects include diarrhea, frequent urination, weight loss, metallic taste in the mouth, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite.

Call your doctor when

  • Your child experiences severe side effects
  • Your child's condition worsens
  • Your child has an allergic reaction to the treatment
  • Your child experiences side effects such as drowsiness, weakness, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, fever, throat pain, irregular bleeding, bloody stool, dark urine, jaundice, confusion, instability, bloody urine, difficulty urinating, lower back pain, depression, and/or rashes