Acetazolamide Alcohol interaction speaks to Acetazolamide Alcohol effects and Acetazolamide and Alcohol.
Acetazolamide is the generic name for the drug sold under the brand names of Dazamide, Diamox amd Diamox Sequels.
This drug is known as carbonic anhydrase inhibitor and is prescribed for treatment of glaucoma and prevention and treatment of mountain sickness and is also prescribed for epilepsy, including absence seizures, petit mal and grand mal epilepsy, tonic clonic seizures, mixed seizures and partial seizures.
Acetazolamide and alcohol should not be used together, not even moderate drinking as it may greatly influence side effects and behavior of the drug.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol, that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before starting advise your physician of any allergies, if you have untreated or uncontrolled epilepsy, a bone marrow disorder, paralytic ileus, intestinal blockage, clozapine infection or immune suppression medication, heart disease, heart rhythm disorder, high blood pressure, history of heart attack or stroke, epilepsy, seizure, lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, bone marrow disorder, blood cell disorder, enlarged prostate, urinary problems, glaucoma or a history of smoking.
This drug should not be used if you are pregnant or plan to be pregnant.
Do not use this drug if you have serious kidney, liver or Addison’s disease and should not be used by people with low blood sodium or potassium.
Common Side Effects
Nausea or vomiting, tingling feeling in the arms, legs, lips, mouth or anus, appetite and weight loss, metallic taste, increased frequency of urination, diarrhea, not feeling well, occasional drowsiness, weakness, sulfa side effects such as rash, drug crystals in urine, painful urination, low back pain, urinary difficulty and low urine volumes.
Rare Side Effects
Breathing difficulties, fever, sore throat, unusual bleeding or bruising, hives, itching, rash or sores, black or tarry stools, darkened urine, yellow skin or eyes, transient nearsightedness, clumsy, unsteady, confused, convulsions, ringing or buzzing in the ears, headache, sensitivity to light, increased blood sugar, trembling, nervous, depressed, dizzy, dry mouth, excessive thirst, abnormal heart rhythms, muscle cramps, pain, weak pulse, disorientation, muscle spasms and loss of taste or smell.