Edecrin (Ethacrynic Acid)

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What is Edecrin (Ethacrynic Acid) prescribed for?

This medication is used to decrease the swelling that is caused by various conditions, such as cancer, congestive heart failure, heart disease, and kidney disease.  The overall effect this medication has, can help your kidneys work better and lessen and symptoms such as trouble with breathing and swelling in your ankles, feet, hands, and belly.

Ethacrynic Acid, the active ingredient within Edecrin, is what is known as a diuretic, also known as a “water pill”. These types of pills get rid of extra water and salt from your body through your urine. It works with your kidneys to increase the amount of urine you make as well.

This medication comes in the singular dose of 25mg. Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.

This medication is to be taken by mouth, once a day, and can be taken with or without food. Keep in mind that it is best to take this medication at least 4 hours before bedtime, if you wish to take it in the evening.

Remember the dosage is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment. And to gain the most benefit from it, it is best to take this medication regularly. And it is important to keep taking this medication, regardless if you are feeling well, since most people with high blood pressure, do not feel sick. It may take several weeks before you see any effect from the medication.

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to Ethacrynic Acid; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history. Especially if you have had any of the following; gout, kidney disease, liver disease.

This drug can lower certain salt/mineral levels (such as sodium, potassium) in your blood. Your doctor may tell you to use more salt, eat potassium-rich foods (such as bananas, orange juice), or take a potassium supplement. Ask your doctor for more details.

This medication may affect your blood sugar. If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet.

Common side effects of this medication do include the following; Dizziness, lightheadedness, weakness, muscle cramps, upset stomach, or diarrhea.  It is best to speak with your doctor promptly if you are experiencing any of these side effects.

This drug is a strong "water pill" (diuretic) which can cause a serious loss of body water (dehydration) and salt/minerals. Tell your doctor right away if you notice any symptoms of dehydration, such as confusion, unusual decreased urination, unusual dry mouth/thirst, fast/irregular heartbeat, or severe dizziness/lightheadedness.

However unlikely, these serious side effects should to brought to you doctor’s attention right way; easy bleeding/bruising, feeling of spinning (vertigo), hearing changes (such as ringing or fullness in the ears, decreased hearing/deafness), black/bloody stools, stomach/abdominal pain, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, signs of liver problems (such as nausea/vomiting that doesn't stop, loss of appetite, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine).

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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