Edecrin (Ethacrynic Acid)

General Information

Edecrin (Ethacrynic Acid) is used to decrease swelling or also called edema caused by:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Cancer
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease

This helps your body get rid of extra water. This can support your kidneys work well. This can also reduce symptoms such as swelling in your feet, hands, ankles, or belly and trouble breathing. 

How does Edecrin (Ethacrynic Acid) work?

Edecrin active ingredient is Ethacrynic Acid, it works by making your kidneys pass more water and salt from the body. It inhibits symport of potassium, sodium, and chloride but also in the distal and proximal tubules. This action results in excretion of these ions, reduction in extracellular fluid. It also increases urinary output.

Diuretics also lower blood pressure primarily by decreasing extracellular fluid volume and plasma. It also decreases cardiac output, clarifying its antihypertensive action. Finally, cardiac output proceeds to usual with an accompanying decrease in peripheral resistance. 

Why use Edecrin (Ethacrynic Acid)?

Edecrin (Ethacrynic Acid) is a ‘water pill’ or diuretic. It works in your kidneys to raise the total of urine you make. Edecrin is available as tablets with an active ingredient Ethacrynic Acid. It is a white or practically white, crystalline powder, and very slightly soluble in water. This is supplied as 25mg tablets for oral use. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this medication. 

How to use Edecrin (Ethacrynic Acid)?

Edecrin Tablets is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. It is usually taken once or twice a day after a meal. You may need to wake up to urinate if you take it too close to bedtime. Take it at least 4 hours before your bedtime.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response. Follow the prescription of your doctor very carefully.

What are the side-effects of Edecrin (Ethacrynic Acid)?

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Light-headedness
  • Stomach pain or upset
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Mild weakness or tiredness
  • Trouble swallowing

Warnings and Precautions

  • This is not prescribed in children under the age of two years.
  • Let your doctor know if you have had liver or heart disease. Tell also to your doctor if you have any allergies or current medications/treatments.
  • This is not recommended while breastfeeding. If it is needed for you to take the drug, your doctor may ask you to stop breastfeeding.
  • While having this medication, check your blood sugar regularly. This may make it more difficult to control your blood sugar levels.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages.