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What Is Ethacrynic Acid Used For?

What is ethacrynic acid used for? The diuretic is used for the treatment of fluid retention caused by cirrhosis, congestive heart failure, and kidney disease or kidney failure. It has been approved for use in adults, adolescents, and children (but not infants). On occasion, ethacrynic acid is used for "off-label" purposes as well, such as for the treatment of high blood pressure and hypercalcemia.

What Is Ethacrynic Acid Used For? -- An Overview

Ethacrynic acid (Edecrin®) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat water retention (edema) caused by various conditions, including:
 
The medication can also be used to treat fluid retention in the abdominal cavity (known medically as ascites). Because ethacrynic acid is a strong diuretic, it is usually reserved for serious situations when a large amount of fluid needs to be removed from the body.
 

Ethacrynic Acid Uses for Water Retention

One common cause of water retention is congestive heart failure (CHF). This is a condition where the heart cannot pump enough blood throughout the body. It does not mean that your heart has stopped or is about to stop working. It means that your heart is not able to pump blood the way that it should. This can lead to symptoms such as shortness of breath; swelling of the feet, ankles, or lower legs; and rapid weight gain (see Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure).
 
Ethacrynic acid can help with water retention by allowing the body to get rid of the extra fluid. However, the medication does not cure congestive heart failure or other conditions that cause the body to retain fluid.
 
There are many other causes of fluid retention, including kidney failure (renal failure) and cirrhosis of the liver. Ethacrynic acid can be used to treat fluid retention due to these conditions as well.
 
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