Congestive heart failure, Cirrhosis and kidney disease are often conditions for which Bumex is prescribed for. It specifically is for the edema that is caused by these conditions. This diuretic helps the body discard the excess fluids that tend to be caused by these conditions. It is also called a “water pill.” The medical profession considers it a “loop diuretic,” because of the section of the kidneys that is affected. It works in the loop of Henle to increase the amount of water and salt that is thrown off by this organ. This process increases the amount of urine the body puts off.
Congestive heart failure can cause the body to retain fluids. The heart is not able to adequately pump blood through the body. It isn’t a condition where the heart has stopped working; it just cannot pump the blood effectively. Along with water retention it can also cause swelling of ankles, legs or feet. Although Bumex is not a cure for congestive heart failure it can help the body to rid itself of excess fluids.
It is also used for other conditions which cause dangerous fluid retention such as cirrhosis of the liver or kidney failure. It is only effective in treating fluid retention which is a symptom of the disease. It is not a cure for the conditions it simply helps control the symptom so that they do not cause other complications.
When prescribed for water retention this pharmaceutical product is usually given in a small dose and taken once per day. Usually the dosage of Bumex ranges from 0.5 to 2 mg per day. The physician may prescribe more if the first dose does not achieve the desired effect. It can also be taken periodically throughout the day if needed. It can be increased up to a maximum of 10 mg per day. It comes in a small tablet which is usually taken by mouth in the mornings. It will not hurt to take it either with food, or on an empty stomach. It is very important to take this medication exactly as the doctor prescribes it.
It is 40 times stronger than a similar common diuretic, Lasix. There are many people who are allergic to Lasix and so Bumex makes a very good alternative for helping the body get rid of excess fluids.
Since this drug is a diuretic which gets rid of excess fluids so that they do not build up in the body, it is best to take it in the mornings. This will help prevent several trips to the bathroom during g the night. It is important to note that it will increase urination and so fluid intake should be increased. This will help prevent dehydration and other complications.
Some other medications may interact adversely with this drug. Some blood pressure medications should not be taken with Bumex, and some prescription anti-inflammatory drugs. If an overdose occurs it can cause issues with the circulatory system and reduction of the volume of blood. It can also cause serious dehydration.