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Generic: methazolamide
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It is used to treat certain kinds of glaucoma
               



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What is this medicine?

METHAZOLAMIDE (meth a ZOLE a mide) lowers the pressure within the eye. It is used to treat certain kinds of glaucoma. It is also used before eye surgery.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • adrenal gland disease
  • diabetes
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • low levels of sodium or potassium in the blood
  • lung disease
  • taking aspirin
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to methazolamide, sulfa drugs, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • aspirin and aspirin- like medicines
  • diuretics
  • lithium
  • mexiletine
  • pseudoephedrine
  • quinidine
  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
  • stimulant medicines like amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, ephedra

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. If you are diabetic, check your blood sugar as directed.

You may need to be on a special diet while taking this medicine. Ask your doctor. Also, ask how many glasses of fluid you need to drink a day. You must not get dehydrated.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/ booths.

               
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