bumetanide, Bumex (discontinued brand) (cont.)

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SIDE EFFECTS: Potent diuretics like bumetanide can cause low blood levels of potassium, magnesium, sodium and calcium. Additionally, fluid losses can occur leading to dehydration.

The symptoms of dehydration may include:

Toxicity to the inner ear in the form of tinnitus (ringing in the ear) and hearing loss have been associated with loop diuretics. High plasma levels of bumetanide are toxic to the inner ear of animals. These effects on the inner ear are far more common with intravenous use of the drugs. High uric acid concentrations in the blood leading to attacks of gouty arthritis may occur during diuretic therapy.

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 0.5, 1, and 2 mg. Injection: 0.25 mg/ml

STORAGE: Tablets should be stored at room temperature, between 15 C - 30 C (59 F - 86 F).

DOSING: The dose for most patients is 0.5 to 2 mg daily by mouth. Doses may be increased every 4 to 5 hours to a maximum dose of 10 mg daily. Intravenous (IV) or intramuscular (IM) injections may be used in place of tablets when oral administration is not possible. The IV dose is 1 mg initially followed by 0.5 to 2 mg/hour, and the IM dose is 0.5 to 10 mg daily. Dosing of bumetanide and other loop diuretics varies greatly among patients, and doses are carefully adjusted by physicians. Bumetanide may be taken with or without food.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/22/2015


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