Diamox (generic name: acetazolamide; brand names include: Avva) is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor.
Diamox is used to treat:
acute mountain sickness (altitude sickness)
fluid retention (edema) associated with congestive heart failure
Diamox is usually used in combination with other medicines.
Diamox works by stopping the action of a chemical in the body called carbonic anhydrase. This reduces the amount of a substance called bicarbonate which is responsible for high pressure in the eye.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Take Diamox exactly as directed.
This medication may be taken with food or milk. Your dosage depends on your medical condition and response to this drug.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember and then go back to taking it as you would normally. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when it is due. Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
Keep Diamox at room temperature, away from heat and moisture.
Before taking Diamox, tell your doctor if:
you are allergic to any medicines;
you have or have ever had heart, liver, or kidney disease; or diabetes;
you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
Active ingredient: acetazolamide.