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What Is Ethacrynic Acid Used For?

How Does Ethacrynic Acid Work?

Ethacrynic acid is a diuretic, which is commonly referred to as a "water pill." Specifically, the drug is known as a "loop diuretic," named after the part of the kidneys where it acts (the loop of Henle). It works by increasing the amount of salt and water that the kidneys remove from the blood. This extra salt and water is passed out through urine. By increasing the amount of water removed from the blood, ethacrynic acid causes a decrease in blood volume. Because of this effect, ethacrynic acid can help with water retention.

Is Ethacrynic Acid Used for Children?

Even though ethacrynic acid has not been extensively studied in children, it is approved for adolescents and children (but not infants) with heart or kidney problems.

Is Ethacrynic Acid Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend ethacrynic acid for treating a condition other than those listed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are a few off-label uses of ethacrynic acid, including the treatment of:
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