Ethacrynic Acid


Ethacrynic acid (Edecrin®) belongs to a class of medications known as loop diuretics. It is used to treat high blood pressure by reducing the amount of water in the body. It works by acting on the kidneys to increase the flow of urine. Ethacrynic acid can be given as a tablet, by injection, or your pharmacist may be able to make a liquid.

  • Give this medication only as directed, and do not stop giving it to your child unless directed to stop by your child's doctor.
  • Because ethacrynic acid may interact with other medicines, tell your child's physician or pharmacist about any other medications your child is taking. This includes prescriptions, over-the-counter or herbal medicines.
  • Do not use after the expiration date on the bottle / package.
  • If too much medication is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC) at 513-636-5111, or 1-800-222-1222, or call your child's doctor immediately.
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children.

For any medication information related to your child's dosing schedule and / or missed doses, contact the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication.

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position  
  • Signs and symptoms of too much potassium loss, including:
    • Dryness of mouth
    • Increased thirst
    • Irregular heartbeat
    • Mood or mental changes
    • Muscle cramps
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Unusual tiredness or weakness

Call your child's doctor immediately if your child becomes sick, especially with severe or continuing nausea and vomiting or diarrhea.

Last Updated 12/2013