Ethacrynic Acid Dosing
When beginning treatment with ethacrynic acid, dosing guidelines call for 50 mg per day in adults. For children, the recommended starting dose is 25 mg daily. Depending on how you react to the medication, you may not need to take it every day. If you do, make sure to take your ethacrynic acid dosage at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
The dose of ethacrynic acid (Edecrin®) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may currently be taking
- How you respond to ethacrynic acid.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Ethacrynic Acid Dosing for Water RetentionThe recommended starting dose of ethacrynic acid for adults is usually 50 mg per day. Your healthcare provider may increase your dose up to 200 mg per day if needed. You should be carefully monitored by your healthcare provider when starting the medication. You should also be weighed each day to see how much fluid you are losing. Some people will not need to take the medication every day.
For children, the starting dose of ethacrynic acid is less (25 mg per day). The medication should not be used in infants.
Considerations for people taking ethacrynic acid include the following:
- Ethacrynic acid comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once or twice a day.
- You can take ethacrynic acid with or without food.
- The medication should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood. However, some people do not need to take it every day, especially those who are taking it for fluid retention.
- Because ethacrynic acid increases urination, it is best to take it in the morning (to avoid needing to get up to use the bathroom throughout the night), unless your healthcare provider instructs you otherwise.
- For ethacrynic acid to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.
- If you are unsure about anything related to ethacrynic acid or ethacrynic acid dosing, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without discussing it with your healthcare provider.