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Diamox for altitude sickness

Diamox (Acetazolamide)

This particular medicine can primarily be used to treat altitude sickness, and it can also be used with a combination of other medicines to treat a type of eye problem known as open-eye glaucoma. The active ingredient, Acetazolamide, found in this particular medicine (Diamox) functions by lowering the level of fluid that can build up in your eye. Moreover, it also decreases the development of edema that can be caused by congestive heart failure. It basically acts as a “water pill.”

On the other hand, it is also used to prevent the symptoms that occur because of altitude sickness. These symptoms include tiredness, nausea, dizziness, headaches, and shortness of breath. Diamox generic is available online easily.

You can buy Diamox generic or Acetazolamide 250 mg from Canada Pharmacy online.


Strictly follow your doctor’s instruction when taking this medicine. Do not deviate from the dosage prescribed by your doctor. Generally, when taking orally, you should take this medicine 1 to 4 times every day. It all depends on how your doctor has prescribed it to you according to your condition.

You can take this medicine with meals or without your meals. Also, have more fluids unless directed otherwise by your doctor.

It is recommended that you swallow the capsule whole. You should not open it, break or chew it.

If using it for altitude sickness, take Diamox 1 to 2 days prior to climbing. It is recommended that you take it for 48 hours then and in case of serious side effects, immediately descend. It will not act as a cover against serious side effects.

Ensure that you discuss with your doctor the reasons for which you want Diamox and follow all instructions carefully.


The active ingredient found in Diamox is Acetazolamide.


Before taking this medicine, inform your doctor of:

  • All allergies related to Diamox’s ingredients or otherwise
  • Addison’s disease
  • Low blood levels of sodium or potassium
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Metabolic problems

Cautions not listed may also exist.

Side Effects

The side effects you should be aware of are:

  • Dizziness
  • Light-headedness
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Tiredness
  • Drowsiness
  • Lost appetite
  • Increased urination
  • Unlikely symptoms:
  • Increased body hair
  • Hearing loss
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Nausea
  • Severe stomachache or abdominal pain