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Diamox SR 250mg Capsules
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Diamox SR® 250mg Prolonged-release Capsules
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine. because it contains important information for you.
The name of your medicine is Diamox SR 250mg Prolonged-release Capsules. It will be referred to as Diamox SR Capsules for ease of use hereafter.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Diamox SR Capsules are and what they are used for
2. What you need to know before you take Diamox SR Capsules
3. How to take Diamox SR Capsules
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Diamox SR Capsules
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT DIAMOX SR CAPSULES ARE AND WHAT ARE THEY USED FOR
Diamox SR 250mg Prolonged-release Capsules contain the active substance Acetazolamide.
This belongs to a group of medicines known as carbonic anhydrase inhibitors.
Diamox SR Capsules are used to treat, glaucoma (a condition of the eye), by reducing the pressure within the eye.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE DIAMOX SR CAPSULES:
Do not take Diamox SR Capsules if:
Speak to your doctor if any of the above applies to you.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Diamox SR Capsules
Children and adolescents
Diamox SR Capsules should not be used in children.
Other medicines and Diamox SR Capsules
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
The effects of any of these medicines may change, particularly if you are taking, or using, any of the following:
Diamox SR Capsules may affect some medical tests. If you visit a hospital or clinic for any medical tests, you should tell the doctor concerned that you are taking Diamox SR Capsules.
Pregnancy and breast feeding
Diamox SR Capsules SHOULD NOT be taken if you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby.
It may be taken when breast feeding , ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines:
If Diamox SR Capsules make you feel drowsy or confused you should not drive or operate machines. Diamox SR Capsules can occasionally cause short-sightedness; if this happens and you feel that you can no longer drive safely, you should stop driving and contact your doctor.
Diamox SR Capsules contains sunset yellow FCF (E110)
This medicine contains the ingredient sunset yellow FCF (E110) which may cause allergic reactions.
3. HOW TO TAKE DIAMOX SR CAPSULES
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Use in Children and adolescents
Diamox SR Capsules are not recommended for use in children.
If you take more Diamox SR Capsules than you should
Get medical help immediately, either by calling your doctor or going to the nearest hospital casualty department. Take any remaining capsules and this leaflet with you so that the medical staff knows exactly what you have taken.
If you forget to take Diamox SR Capsules
You should take it as soon as you remember. However, if this is within 2 hours of your next dose you should skip the missed capsule and carry on taking the rest of your capsules as usual.
Do not take a double dose of capsules to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
All medicines can cause allergic reactions although serious allergic reactions are very rare. Any sudden wheeziness, difficulty in breathing, swelling of the eyelids, face or lips, rash or itching (especially affecting your whole body) should be reported to a doctor immediately.
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following side effects:
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following side effects:
You may also experience the following:
Common: ( may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
Uncommon: (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
Rare: (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
If you take Diamox SR Capsules for a long time it can occasionally affect the amount of potassium, or sodium in your blood. Your doctor will probably take blood tests to check that this does not happen. You might also experience bone thinning or the risk of kidney stones with long-term therapy. High or low blood sugar levels may occasionally occur.
Contact a doctor immediately if you experience a serious skin reaction: a red, scaly rash with bumps under the skin and blisters (exanthematous pustulosis). The frequency of this side effects is not known (cannot be estimated from the available data).
Reporting of side effects:
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE DIAMOX SR CAPSULES
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Store below 30 °C
Store in the original package in order to protect from light and moisture.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton after EXP.
The Expiry date refers to last day of that month.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines no longer use. These measures will help to protect the environment.
This medicine is for you. Only a doctor can prescribe it for you. Never give this medicine to someone else; it could harm them, even if their symptoms seem the same as yours.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Diamox SR Capsules Contains:
The active substance is acetazolamide. Each capsule contains 250mg acetazolamide.
The other ingredients are microcrystalline cellulose (E460), sodium lauryl sulphate, purified water, ethyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (E464), mineral oil, Pigment Blend PB-230005 Orange [hydroxy propyl cellulose, titanium dioxide and FD&C Yellow #6/Sunset Yellow FCF aluminium lake (15-18% grade), Talc and FD&C Yellow #6/Sunset yellow FCF aluminium lake (38-42% grade)].
Capsule shell contains gelatin, titanium dioxide (E171), yellow iron oxide (E172) and erythrosine (E127).
What Diamox SR Capsules look like and contents of the pack:
Diamox SR capsules have a clear body and orange cap, and are printed with ‘GS 250’ in black. They usually come in blister packs of 28 or 30 capsules, although the capsule may also be available in bottles of 28, 100 or 500. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorization Holder:
This leaflet was last revised in June 2019.
Mercury Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is licensed to use the registered trademark Diamox SR.
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