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IMPORTANT WARNING:Bumetanide is a strong medicine. It is important that you take it exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Medication prescribed:Bumetanide, a 'water pill,' is used to reduce the swelling and fluid retention caused by various medical problems, including heart or liver disease. It also is used to treat high blood pressure. It causes the kidneys to get rid of unneeded water and salt from the body into the urine. This medicine is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used:Bumetanide comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It usually is taken once a day, in the morning. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take bumetanide exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Bumetanide controls high blood pressure but does not cure it. Continue to take bumetanide even if you feel well. Do not stop taking bumetanide without talking to your doctor.
Special precautions:Before taking bumetanide, tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to bumetanide, sulfa drugs, or any other drugs. tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially other medications for high blood pressure, corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone), digoxin (Lanoxin), indomethacin (Indocin), lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid), probenecid (Benemid), and vitamins. tell your doctor if you have or have ever had diabetes, gout, or kidney or liver problems. tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while taking this medicine. If you become pregnant while taking bumetanide, call your doctor. if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking bumetanide.
Special dietary instructions:Follow your doctor's directions. They may include a daily exercise program and a low-sodium or low-salt diet, potassium supplements, and increased amounts of potassium-rich foods (e.g., bananas, prunes, raisins, and orange juice) in your diet.
If I forget a dose:Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects:Frequent urination may last for up to 6 hours after a dose and should decrease after you take bumetanide for a few weeks. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: muscle cramps weakness dizziness faintness thirst upset stomach vomiting diarrhea If you have any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: rapid, excessive weight loss sore throat with fever ringing in ears loss of hearing unusual bleeding or bruising severe rash with peeling skin difficulty breathing or swallowing
What storage conditions:Keep this medicine in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medicine that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medicine.
In case of overdose:In case of overdose, call your local poison control center. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Other information:Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your blood pressure should be checked regularly, and blood tests should be done occasionally. Do not let anyone else take your medicine. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
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