GENERIC NAME: METHAZOLAMIDE - ORAL (meth-uh-ZOHL-uh-mide)
BRAND NAME(S): Neptazane
USES: This medication is used in combination with other medications to treat high pressure inside the eye due to certain types of glaucoma. Lowering high pressure inside the eye helps to prevent blindness, vision loss, and nerve damage. Methazolamide belongs to a class of drugs known as carbonic anhydrase inhibitors. It works by decreasing the production of fluid inside the eye.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth, usually 2 or 3 times daily or as directed by your doctor. This medication may be taken with food if stomach upset occurs. To decrease the risk for certain side effects (e.g., kidney stones), drink plenty of fluids unless otherwise directed by your doctor.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. Most people with glaucoma or high pressure in the eyes do not have any symptoms. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, loss of appetite, change in taste, vomiting, diarrhea, frequent urination, dizziness, drowsiness, or tiredness may occur. These effects may be temporary and decrease as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: blood in urine, numbness or tingling of hands/feet, painful urination, ringing in the ears, sudden decrease in amount of urine.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: confusion, easy bleeding/bruising, fast/pounding heartbeat, persistent nausea/vomiting, signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), seizure, stomach/abdominal pain, dark urine, yellowing of eyes/skin.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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