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ethacrynic acid (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking ethacrynic acid (Edecrin)?

Do not use this medication if you are unable to urinate, or if you have recently had severe watery diarrhea.

If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take ethacrynic acid:

  • kidney disease;
  • liver disease; or
  • gout.

FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether ethacrynic acid passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take ethacrynic acid (Edecrin)?

Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medication.

Take this medication with food unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

Ethacrynic acid will make you urinate more often and you may get dehydrated easily. Follow your doctor's instructions about using potassium supplements or getting enough salt and potassium in your diet.

To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood and your weight will need to be checked on a regular basis. Your kidney or liver function may also need to be tested. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

Store this medication at room temperature away from heat, light, and moisture.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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