Methazolamide is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor. Carbonic anhydrase is a protein in the body. Methazolamide reduces the activity of this protein. Methazolamide is used to treat glaucoma. By inhibiting the actions of carbonic anhydrase, methazolamide reduces the amount of fluid produced in the eyes and therefore also reduces pressure. Methazolamide may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Methazolamide is a medication typically used to reduce pressure in the eye when a medical condition has made it abnormal. Methazolamide does this by decreasing the amount of fluid in the eye as well as decreasing production of fluid in the eye. Methazolamide accomplishes this by catalyzing the conversion of carbon dioxide and water to bicarbonate and protons.
Methazolamide comes from a class of drugs called carbonic anhydrase inhibitors. It is combined with other drugs to reduce the fluids produced in the eyes and also reduces pressure. Methazolamide treats different types of glaucoma, which causes pressure in the eyes by inhibiting actions of carbonic anhydrase. Also, this drug can be used for other treatments not listed here. Methazolamide prevents vision loss, blindness, and nerve damage in the long run. This medication is taken by mouth daily as directed by your doctor. You may experience low-risk side effects like kidney stones, which you should control by taking a lot of fluids.