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Generic name: Methazolamide
Why is this drug prescribed: Neptazane, anhydrase is used to treat the eye condition called chronic open-angle glaucoma. This type of glaucoma is caused by a gradual blockage of the outflow of fluid in the front compartment of the eye over a period of years, causing a slow rise in pressure. It rarely occurs before the age of 40. Neptazane is also used in the type called acute angle-closure glaucoma when pressure within the eye must be lowered before surgery.
Most important fact about this drug: This medication is related to sulfa drugs and can cause allergic reactions, including fever, rash, redness and peeling of the skin, hives, difficulty breathing, serious skin and blood disorders, and even death. Make sure your doctor is aware of any drug reactions you have experienced. He or she should monitor your blood while you are taking this drug. Call your doctor immediately if you experience any allergic symptoms.
How should you take this medication: Take Neptazane exactly as prescribed. Your doctor may have you use it with other eye medications. --If you miss a dose... Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once. --Storage instructions... Store at room temperature.
What side effects may occur: Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any occur or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Neptazane. Most reactions to Neptazane have been mild and disappear when the medication is stopped or the dosage is adjusted. More common side effects may include: Confusion, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, excessive urination, fatigue, fever, general feeling of not being well, headache, hearing problems, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, rash, ringing in the ears, severe allergic reaction, taste changes, temporary nearsightedness, tingling in fingers, toes, hands, or feet Rare side effects may include: Black, tarry stools, blood in the urine, convulsions, hives, increased sensitivity to light, kidney stones, paralysis
Why should this drug not be prescribed: Neptazane is not for use against all types of glaucoma--only the ones mentioned in "Why is this drug prescribed?" Also, you should not use Neptazane if you have kidney or liver disease, adrenal gland disorders, or low sodium or potassium levels.
Special warnings about this medication: Neptazane can aggravate acidosis, a condition in which the blood is too acidic. If you have emphysema or a lung blockage, this drug will be prescribed cautiously.
Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication: If Neptazane is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Neptazane and high-dose aspirin taken at the same time can cause loss of appetite, rapid breathing, lethargy, coma, and even death. Use of Neptazane with steroids may lower your potassium level.
Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding: The effects of Neptazane in pregnancy have not been adequately studied. Neptazane should be used by a pregnant woman only if the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk to the developing baby. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Neptazane may appear in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. If this medication is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to stop breastfeeding until your treatment with Neptazane is finished.
Recommended dosage: The usual dosage is 50 milligrams to 100 milligrams taken 2 to 3 times a day.
Overdosage: Any drug taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Neptazane, seek medical attention immediately.