Acetazolamide

(Diamox®, Acetazolamide)

Available as tablets or capsules.
Tablets, prolonged release capsules
Available as soluble tablets?
No
Available as a liquid?
No
Available as something for placing under your tongue?
No
Available as something for placing on your gum?
No
Available as granules?
No
Available as a patch for putting on your skin?
No
Available as an injection?
Yes
Available as nasal/oral spray?
No
Safe or appropriate to crush
Licensed alternative formulations available and therefore crushing is not recommended. Crushing or dispersing should always be used as a last resort but current text books and resources suggest it is likely to be safe. Clinicians should be aware that this is an unlicensed use of the medication. Disperse the tablets in water immediately prior to administration. Do not crush the modified release formulation.
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Generic name
Acetazolamide
Usual formulation brand names
Diamox®
Is tablet/capsule specially coated?
Capsule- yes; Tablet- no
Modified release
Capsule- yes; Tablet- no
Film coated
No
Enteric coated
No
Sugar coated
No
Soluble tablet strength
-
Sublingual/buccal formulation strength
-
Granule strength
-
Transdermal patch strength
-
Injection strength
500mg Powder for Injection
Nasal/oral spray Strength
-
Available as a licensed liquid or special?
No
Are specials or imports available?
Available as a suspension from some specials manufacturers
Liquid strengths
n/a
Is the liquid medicine sugar free?
n/a
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
No
Advice on administration via enteral tube
Consider using the injection as an alternative wherever safe and appropriate. Current resources suggest that immediate release tablets are likely to be safe to administer via enteral feeding tubes, however this is an unlicensed use of the medication. Clinicians should refer to specialist resources for advice on how to administer this medication via enteral feeding tubes.
Notes
Give by injection as an alternative wherever safe and appropriate