Acetazolamide is used as a glaucoma treatment, a diuretic, and a cerebrospinal fluid treatment.
Acetazolamide treats glaucoma in dogs and cats. Glaucoma is a disease of the eye which causes increased intraocular pressure and impairs vision. Acetazolamide is also used as a diurectic and to treat cerebrospinal fluid. It inhibits the enzyme carbonic anhydrase, thus reducing intraocular pressure and increasing urine alkalinity. Veterinarians use this medication as an extra-label treatment in both cats and dogs.
Acetazolamide requires a prescription from your veterinarian. It is available in a 250 mg tablet.
Use as directed by your veterinarian, and follow all instructions printed on the prescription label. Dosage varies based on the condition being treated and response to treatment. Ask your veterinarian for appropriate dosing information. Give this medication with food if stomach upset occurs.
Store at room temperature, protected from light and moisture.
Keep out of the reach of children and pets. Use with caution in pets suffering from abnormal electrolyte levels, angle closure glaucoma, diabetes, hepatic disease, pulmonary obstructed disorders, or renal disease.Use with caution if your pet is pregnant or nursing. Do not use acetazolamide in pets with a known allergy to sulfonamide. This drug may interact with some other medications. Therefore, inform your veterinarian of any and all medications your pet may be taking. This is especially important if your pet is currently taking aspirin, corticosteroids, cyclosporine, digoxin, insulin, or phenobarbital.
Adverse Reactions and Serious Side Effects
Adverse reactions and serious side effects are rare, however, they can occur. In the case of a more serious reaction, seek immediate veterinary attention. Signs of an adverse reaction or serious side effect can include changes in behavior, rapid breathing, or seizures.
If you have any additional questions regarding this medication, please contact us at (877)220-6337. A member of our pharmacy staff will be happy to assist you!