Bumex (Bumetanide) Dosage and Side Effects
BUMEX is a drug used to treat fluid retention caused by conditions such as heart, kidney, or liver disease. It's sometimes also given to people with high blood pressure.
Warnings and Precautions
BUMEX contains a black box warning because it can cause dehydration and an electrolyte imbalance.
Tell your doctor right away if you experience the following symptoms while taking BUMEX:
- Decreased urination
- Dry mouth
- Rapid, excessive weight loss
- Muscle pain or cramps
- Rapid, pounding, or uneven heartbeat
BUMEX may cause you to urinate more often, which increases the risk of dehydration.
Drink plenty of fluids while using this medicine. Ask your doctor how much you should consume each day.
Your healthcare provider may recommend that you follow a low-salt or high-potassium diet while you're taking BUMEX. Follow these instructions carefully.
Let your doctor know you're taking this drug before having any medical or dental procedure.
Before starting on BUMEX, tell your doctor if you have, or have ever had:
- Severe kidney disease
- Heart disease or other heart problems
- Bouts of dehydration
- Gout(a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints)
- Liver disease
- Problems with urination
- Any illness that causes diarrhea or vomiting
- Hearing problems
- Low levels of magnesium, potassium, or calcium in the blood
- High levels of uric acid in the blood
- Low blood volume or low platelets in the blood
- Allergiesto any medication
Your doctor will want to perform frequent tests to check your body's response to BUMEX.
Keep all appointments with your healthcare provider and laboratory.
Pregnancy and BUMEX
It's not known whether BUMEX could harm a fetus if taken during pregnancy.
Tell your doctor if you're pregnant, or might become pregnant, while using this medicine.
It's also not known whether BUMEX passes into breast milk. Don't breastfeed while taking this drug.
Common Side Effects of BUMEX
Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don't go away:
- Mild nausea, upset stomach, or diarrhea
- Mild itching or skin rash
- Frequent urination
Serious Side Effects of BUMEX
Call your doctor immediately if you experience any symptoms listed in the BUMEX Warnings section above, or any of the following serious side effects:
- Leg discomfort
- Feeling like you might pass out
- Memory problems
- Severe headache
- Trouble concentrating
- Loss of appetite
- Shallow breathing or breathing that stops
- Unusual bruising or bleeding
- Purple or red pinpoint spots under the skin
- Hearing problems
- Severe or persistent diarrhea
- Fever, sore throat, and headache accompanied by a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash
- Signs of anaphylaxis, which may include hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
Interactions with this medication
Tell your doctor about all prescription, nonprescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you're taking, especially:
- Medication for high blood pressure
- Aminoglycosideantibiotics, such as amikacin, Garamycin (gentamicin), and Bethkis or Tobi (tobramycin)
- Corticosteroids, such as prednisone
- Lanoxin (digoxin)
- Indocin or Tivorbex (indomethacin)
- Lithobid (lithium)
- Probalan (probenecid)
Proper Use of this medication
BUMEX comes as a tablet to take by mouth, or as an injection that's given by a medical professional.
Your dose will depend on your condition and response to treatment.
The tablets are usually taken once a day, but depending on your medical needs, they may be taken more often, or given as just a one-time treatment.
Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully. Don't take more or less BUMEX than is recommended.
Continue to take this medicine even if you feel well. Don't stop taking it without first talking to your doctor.
Symptoms of a BUMEX overdose may include:
- Extreme dizziness or weakness
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach cramps
- Vision changes
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Severe, sudden headache
- Slurred speech
- Sudden loss of coordination
- Unusual drowsiness
If you suspect an overdose, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
You can get in touch with a poison control center at 800-222-1222.
Missed Dose of BUMEX
If you're taking this medicine regularly and miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
But if it's almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular medication schedule.
Don't take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.