Ethacrynate sodium is used to decrease swelling (edema) caused by conditions such as cancer, congestive heart failure, liver disease, and kidney disease. This medication works in your kidneys like a "water pill"/diuretic to increase the amount of urine you make. This effect can help your kidneys work better and lessen symptoms such as trouble breathing and swelling in your ankles, feet, hands, or belly.
This medication should not be used for infants.
This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.
This drug may also be used for high blood pressure.
How to Use This Medication
This medication is given by injection into a vein as directed by your doctor. It is usually given by a health care professional.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Your doctor will adjust your dose based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and lab tests (such as sodium, potassium, chloride levels).
If you use this drug too close to bedtime, you may need to wake up to urinate. It is best to use this medication at least 4 hours before your bedtime. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about your dosing schedule.
Tell your doctor if you do not get better or if you get worse.