Bumetanide, Oral Tablet

Bumetanide Side Effects:

The following are some of the possible side effects associated with taking bumetanide tablets. These include any potential interactions between bumetanide and other drugs or supplements. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop using the medication immediately and consult your doctor.

Common Side Effects:

Nausea – nausea is one of the most common side effects experienced with bumetanide. However, it does not mean that you have taken too much of the drug. You could just be sensitive to the drug or its active ingredient (butyric acid). If you experience nausea after taking the medication, simply drink plenty of fluids to help relieve your discomfort. You will need to continue taking this medication for several weeks before experiencing full recovery from nausea.

Vomiting – vomiting is another common side effect. Vomiting occurs when stomach contents enter the lungs. Symptoms such as difficulty breathing, coughing up blood, and even death can occur if you vomit while taking bumetanide tablets. If you experience vomiting during treatment with bumetanide pills, stop using the medication immediately and seek immediate medical attention.

Diarrhea – diarrhea is another common symptom of taking the medication. You will need to drink plenty of fluids when you suffer from diarrhea. Stop using the medication immediately and seek medical attention if the diarrhea is accompanied by fever, bloody stools (look at the color of the stool), pain or severe cramps.

Less Common Side Effects:

The following are some rare side effects that you might experience with bumetanide tablets. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop taking the medication immediately and seek immediate medical attention.

Sensitive to sunlight – some people might experience hypersensitivity to sunlight with bumetanide pills. If you suffer from this side effect, avoid excessive exposure to the sun or wear protective clothing when the sun’s rays are at their strongest (between 10am and 3pm).

Pruritus – itching can occur in some cases while taking bumetanide. If you experience severe itching, stop taking the medication and seek medical attention.

Blood in the urine – if you notice blood in your urine, stop taking bumetanide immediately and seek medical attention.

How to take Bumetanide Tablets:

Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your physician. Never self-medicate or change the dosage of any drug that has been prescribed for you without first consulting your physician or health care provider.

Never take more than one dose of bumetanide within a period of twenty-four hours. Complete the prescribed course of treatment even if you start to feel better after a couple of days. If you stop taking bumetanide after only a few days, your condition may become worse than it was before you started using the medication.

Never crush or chew bumetanide pills. Swallow the pills whole with a glass of water.

How Bumetanide Works:

Diuretics help the body get rid of extra water by increasing the production of urine. Bumetanide belongs to a class of drugs known as loop diuretics. It increases the flow of urine which helps the body to get rid of excess water and sodium. By removing excess water and sodium from the body, bumetanide helps to reduce the amount of fluid build up in the lungs and airways. This makes it easier to breathe.

Important Info:

Bumetanide is not suitable for everyone. Be sure to let your physician know about any medical conditions you have before beginning treatment. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, seek alternative treatments as bumetanide can be harmful to you.

Bumetanide should not be taken with other diuretics or water pills as this can lead to an irregular heartbeat or dehydration. If you are currently taking potassium or sodium supplements, inform your doctor before beginning treatment with bumetanide.

It is important that you keep all appointments with your physician while taking bumetanide and get the lab tests completed that your doctor orders.

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