Ethacrynic Acid - Drug Information

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General Information on Ethacrynic Acid

Generic Name : Ethacrynic Acid

Pronunciation : eth a krin' ik

Latest prescription information about Ethacrynic Acid. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y52 | Therapeutic Classification : Cardiovascular Agents

Trade Names/Brand Names of Ethacrynic Acid

International- Edecrin.

Why is Ethacrynic Acid Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a loop diuretic, prescribed for fluid retention caused by heart, liver and severe kidney problems. It helps the kidney to get rid of unwanted water and salt from the body into the urine.

When should Ethacrynic Acid not to be taken? (Contraindications)

It should be discontinued if electrolyte imbalance, progressive kidney disease, decrease in urination occur during the treatment. Contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category B :

Animal studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and appropriate studies on pregnant women are lacking.

What is the dosage of Ethacrynic Acid?

PO- The recommended dose range is 50 to 200 mg daily.

How should Ethacrynic Acid be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, once or twice a day with food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Ethacrynic Acid?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of diabetes, gout or liver disease, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid alcohol consumption.
Patient may develop with increased risk of stomach bleeding; if you experience abdominal pain, burning sensation, weight changes, consult with your doctor immediately.
Avoid exposure to sunlight; otherwise it may cause sensitivity to the sun.
Monitor blood sugar level regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Ethacrynic Acid?

   Gastrointestinal : Loss of appetite, uneasiness, abdominal discomfort or pain, difficulty in swallowing, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
   Metabolic : Reversible elevated uric acid and acute gout and decrease in blood sugar.
   Blood : Decrease in blood cell counts.
   Eye and ENT : Deafness, ringing in the ear, unsteadiness and blurred vision.
   Central Nervous System : Headache, fatigue, fearness and confusion.
   Miscellaneous : Skin rash, fever, chills and blood in urine.

What are the other precautions for Ethacrynic Acid?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Ethacrynic Acid?

Keep this medication in the container it came in and out of the reach of children.


Schedule : G

Drugs that are to be used only under medical supervision.

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