Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Allergies: Some people who are allergic to a group of medications called sulfonamides may experience a reaction to acetazolamide. If you have a known sulfonamide allergy, your doctor may monitor you for any allergic reactions.
Blood tests: Your doctor may recommend you get lab tests to check your blood at regular intervals while you are taking acetazolamide.
Diabetes: Acetazolamide may increase blood sugar or urine sugar levels. If you have diabetes, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Drowsiness/reduced alertness: This medication may make you drowsy. Do not drive or engage in other activities requiring alertness if the medication affects you in this way.
Lungs: If you have certain lung problems, your doctor will closely monitor your condition while you are taking acetazolamide, as it may affect the amount of oxygen in your body.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: This medication passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking acetazolamide, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children.