Ethacrynic Acid (Edecrin)
Fluid retention that results from various medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, or kidney disease, can be treated with ethacrynic acid (Edecrin®). Because ethacrynic acid is a strong diuretic, its use is generally reserved for serious situations when a large amount of fluid needs to be removed from the body.
The medicine comes in tablet form and is typically taken once or twice a day. Electrolyte imbalance, headache, and blood sugar changes are some of the possible side effects; however, most people tolerate ethacrynic acid well.
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