Bumex is a powerful drug.
Bumex is prescribed to lower the amount of excess salt and water in your body by increasing the output of urine.
If taken in excessive amounts, it can severely decrease the levels of water and minerals, especially potassium, your body needs to function.
It is prescribed in the treatment of edema, or fluid retention, associated with congestive heart failure and liver or kidney disease.
It is occasionally prescribed, along with other drugs, to treat high blood pressure.
Therefore, your doctor should monitor your dose carefully.
Bumex side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
More common side effects may include:
- Muscle cramps;
- Low blood pressure;
Signs of too much potassium loss are:
- Unusual tiredness or weakness;
- Muscle cramps or pains;
- Irregular heartbeat;
- Dry mouth;
Less common or rare side effects may include:
- Upset stomach;
- Skin rash or hives;
- Rapid breathing;
- Premature ejaculation and difficulty maintaining erection;
- Nipple tenderness;
- Muscle and bone pain;
- Kidney failure;
- Joint pain;
- Hearing loss;
- Ear discomfort;
- Dry mouth;
- Chest pain;
- Black stools;
- Abdominal pain;
Bumex is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you are allergic to sulfur-containing drugs such as sulfonamides (antibacterial drugs);
- If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to bumex or similar drugs such as lasix;
- If you are unable to urinate or if you are dehydrated;
Do not take Bumex with any of the following drugs:
- Probenecid (benemid);
- Indomethacin (indocin) and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs;
- Blood pressure medications such as vasotec and tenormin;
The safety and effectiveness of Bumex have not been established in children below the age of 18.
For most people, this is taken as a single dose. However, if the initial dose is not adequate, your doctor may have you take a second and, possibly, a third dose at 4- to 5-hour intervals, up to a maximum daily dose of 10 milligrams.
The usual total daily dose is 0.5 to 2.0 milligrams a day.
If you have liver failure, your dose will be kept to a minimum and increased very carefully.
For the continuing control of edema, your doctor may tell you to take Bumex on alternate days or for 3 to 4 days at a time with rest periods of 1 to 2 days in between.
The signs of an overdose include:
- Mental confusion;
- Loss or lack of appetite;
- Lethargy (sluggishness);