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Edecrin

Generic Name: ethacrynic acid (eth a KRIN ik AS id)
Brand Name: Edecrin
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Drug Information:
Edecrin is a loop diuretic (water pill) that prevents your body from absorbing too much salt, allowing the salt to instead be passed in your urine. Edecrin is used to treat fluid retention (edema) in people with congestive heart failure, liver disease, or a kidney disorder such as nephrotic syndrome. Edecrin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. You should not use Edecrin if you are unable to urinate, or if you have recently had severe watery diarrhea. You should not use Edecrin if you are allergic to it, or if: Learn more

Edecrin Side Effects

Edecrin Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about ethacrynic acid. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Edecrin.

For the Consumer

Applies to ethacrynic acid: oral tablet

Other dosage forms:

  • intravenous powder for solution

Along with its needed effects, ethacrynic acid (the active ingredient contained in Edecrin) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking ethacrynic acid:

Rare

  • Bleeding gums
  • bloating
  • clay-colored stools
  • constipation
  • darkened urine
  • indigestion
  • itching
  • large, flat, blue or purplish patches in the skin
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • painful knees and ankles
  • pains in stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
  • pinpoint red spots on skin
  • raised red swellings on the skin, the buttocks, legs, or ankles
  • skin rash
  • unpleasant breath odor
  • vomiting of blood
  • yellow eyes or skin

Incidence not determined

  • Anxiety
  • black, tarry stools
  • blood in urine
  • blurred vision
  • cold sweats
  • coma
  • confusion
  • convulsions (seizures)
  • cool, pale skin
  • cough or hoarseness
  • depression
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • fast heartbeat
  • fever with or without chills
  • flushed, dry skin
  • fruit-like breath odor
  • general feeling of tiredness or weakness
  • headache
  • increased hunger
  • increased thirst
  • increased urination
  • joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
  • lower back, side, or stomach pain
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • nightmares
  • painful or difficult urination
  • pale skin
  • shakiness
  • shortness of breath
  • slurred speech
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
  • sweating
  • swelling of the feet or lower legs
  • troubled breathing
  • unexplained weight loss
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
  • watery and severe diarrhea

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking ethacrynic acid:

Symptoms of overdose

  • Confusion
  • decreased urination
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
  • increase in heart rate
  • irregular heartbeat
  • muscle cramps or pain
  • numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in the hands or feet
  • rapid breathing
  • sunken eyes
  • thirst
  • trembling
  • weakness and heaviness of the legs
  • wrinkled skin

Some side effects of ethacrynic acid may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Incidence not determined

  • Continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in ears
  • difficulty swallowing
  • fear
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • feeling of fullness in the ears
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • hearing loss
  • mild diarrhea
  • sensation of spinning
  • stomach soreness or discomfort
  • weight loss

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to ethacrynic acid: intravenous powder for injection, oral tablet

Metabolic

Frequency not reported: Anorexia, reversible hyperuricemia, hyperglycemia, acute gout, acute symptomatic hypoglycemia with convulsions, blood glucose increased, glucose tolerance test altered

Gastrointestinal

Frequency not reported: Abdominal discomfort or pain, dysphagia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, watery profuse diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, acute pancreatitis

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Deafness, tinnitus, vertigo with fullness in the ears, headache

Other

Frequency not reported: Malaise, fatigue, fever, chills

Hematologic

Frequency not reported: Agranulocytosis, severe neutropenia, thrombocytopenia

Dermatologic

Frequency not reported: Henoch Schonlein purpura, rash

Genitourinary

Frequency not reported: Urinary urate excretion decreased, hematuria

Hepatic

Frequency not reported: Jaundice, abnormal liver function tests

Psychiatric

Frequency not reported: Apprehension, confusion

Local

Frequency not reported: Local irritation, local pain

Ocular

Frequency not reported: Blurred vision

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Edecrin (www.drugs.com/mtm/edecrin.html).