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Diamox (Acetazolamide)and/or alternatives
Diamox 250mg from $0.40 USD/tabletDiamox 250mg
Marketed as Diazomid in Turkey
Manufactured by: Sanofi Synthelabo
Product of Turkey. Shipped from TurkeyRxPrescription Required
Acetazolamide 250mg from $0.27 USD/tabletAcetazolamide 250mg
Generic Alternative to Diamox
Manufactured by: AA Pharma
Product of Canada. Shipped from CanadaRxPrescription Required
General Information on Diamox
Diamox is used to reduce and prevent symptoms of acute mountain sickness such as tiredness, shortness of breath, headache, and nausea that generally occur when you climb rapidly to high altitudes (above 3,048 meters or 10,000 feet).The drug is also used along with other medicines to treat specific types of eye problems (open angle glaucoma), abnormal retention of fluids, and specific types of seizures such as unlocalized and petit mal seizures.
Acetazolamide, the main active ingredient in the drug, belongs to a family of drugs known as Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors. Diamox works differently when used to treat acute mountain sickness and glaucoma.
Acute mountain sickness can be treated with oxygen supplementation and immediate descent. Acetazolamide increases bicarbonate excretion by the kidneys, which leads to increase in acidic levels in the blood. Acidifying the blood induces ventilation, which leads to increased levels of oxygen in the blood. In glaucoma treatment, Diamox reduces the production of fluid in the eye, which helps reduce ocular pressure.
Diamox is available in the form of a tablet. It is supplied in two different strengths: 125mg and 250mg. The drug is a prescription medication, so consult your doctor before you buy Diamox.
Side effects of Diamox
Diamox may cause mild to severe side effects in some people. Nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, decreased appetite, vomiting, changes in taste, constipation, drowsiness, mild tremors, or fatigue are some of the common side effects associated with the drug.
You may also experience weakness, nervousness, confusion, increased sensitivity to sunlight, headache, worsening gout, hearing problems or ringing in the ears, vision changes, or loss of blood sugar control if you have diabetes after using the medication.
Some people may experience severe side effects after taking a dose of Diamox. Unusual bruising or bleeding, side/groin pain, tremors, tingling sensation in your feet or hands, fever, or sore throat are some of the serious side effects associated with the drug.
Diamox may also cause allergic reactions such as swelling of the face/lips/tongue, closing up of your throat, difficulty breathing, or hives. Seek medical attention immediately if you notice or experience any severe side effects or allergic reactions after taking a dose of Diamox.
Dosage of Diamox
Your doctor will give you specific instructions regarding the dosage. Diamox dosage depends on the condition being treated and the patient’s response to treatment. You can take the medication with or without food.
The recommended dosage to treat glaucoma is one Diamox 250mg tablet every four hours or a starting dose of two Diamox 250mg tablets, followed by one tablet of Diamox 125mg or Diamox 250mg. To treat acute mountain sickness, the recommended dose is generally in the range of 500mg to 1000mg per day.
If you buy Diamox to prevent symptoms of acute mountain sickness, you should start taking the dose 24 to 48 hours before ascending to a high altitude. You need to continue taking the dose for 48 hours while you are at a high altitude.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have the comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo comparative testing to ensure that they are the same as their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain comparable active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must be comparable in strength and dosage to the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically comparable. They may look different, and be called something different, but they are required to be have the same active ingredient.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
The two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.