Bumex (Bumetanide)

General Information

Bumex (Bumetanide) is indicated to reduce extra fluid in the body caused by conditions like liver disease, heart failure, and kidney disease. It is known as edema. This medication can lessen the symptoms such as shortness of breath and swelling in your arms, legs, and abdomen.

How does Bumex (Bumetanide) work?

Bumex (Bumetanide) works in your kidneys by removing extra water from your system. This leads to decreased swelling. This works very quickly, but its effects don’t last long. Bumex starts to work within 30–60 minutes of when you take it. It usually stops working after 4–6 hours, especially if you’re taking doses equal to or greater than 2 mg.

Why use Bumex (Bumetanide)?

Bumex (Bumetanide) is a ‘water pill’ or also called diuretic. It causes you to make more urine. This will help your body get rid of extra water and salt. This medication comes in two forms; oral tablet and intravenous/intramuscular (IV) injection. This may also be used to treat a condition called nephrotic syndrome. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this treatment.

How to use Bumex (Bumetanide)?

The dosage will depend on your medical condition and response to the treatment. If you are using the tablet form, take it by mouth. It is usually taken once a day. Swallow it as a whole do not crush or chew it. If you are using the injection form, your doctor or a medical professional will give it to you. Take it as directed by your doctor to avoid some complications.

What are the side-effects of Bumex (Bumetanide)?

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Weakness
  • Fainting
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth/thirst
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Feeling unsteady
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Hearing problems

If these continue or get worse, call for medical help right away.

Warnings and Precautions

  • Let your doctor know if you have any allergies.
  • Consult first your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • Do not use this longer than prescribed.
  • Avoid driving or do anything that needs your full alertness. This may make you feel drowsy.
  • Before starting this treatment, tell your doctor if you have ever had or if you have:
    • Diabetes
    • Heart disease
    • Liver disease
    • Problems with urination
    • Bouts of dehydration
    • Severe kidney disease
    • Low blood volume or low platelets in the blood
    • High levels of uric acid in the blood