Bumetanide (Bumex) –
What You Should Know

Brand Name: Bumex

What is Bumetanide (Bumex)?

The Information about Bumetanide (Bumex) contained herein is a compilation of materials available from drugs.com and simplified for the average consumer.

bumetanide bumexBumetanide  also known by the brand name Bumex is a loop diuretic, that works by making the kidneys pass out more fluid. As more fluid is passed out by the kidneys, less fluid remains in the bloodstream.

They do this by interfering with the transport of salt and water across certain cells in the kidneys. (These cells are in a structure called the loop of Henle – hence the name loop diuretic. You have thousands of these loops in each kidney.)

There are drug free alternatives to lowering your blood pressure that may be effective for you. Read about them here.

How to use Bumetanide (Bumex):

  • waterUse Bumetanide (Bumex) as directed by your doctor. Follow the exact dosing instructions on your bottle. Do not take more or less than is recommended. Your doctor may occasionally change the amount you are taking to make sure you get the best results.
  • Bumetanide (Bumex) will make you urinate more often (dehydration is likely, so follow your doctors instructions on how much and what types of liquids to drink).
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions, to make sure you are getting enough salt and potassium in your diet properly.
  • Store Bumetanide (Bumex) at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
  • Visit your doctor regularly for blood, kidney or liver tests to make sure Bumetanide (Bumex) is not causing harmful side effects.
  • Bumetanide (Bumex) is sometimes used only once, so you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are using it regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra Bumetanide (Bumex) to make up the missed dose.
  • Tell your doctor if you have a prolonged illness that causes diarrhea or vomiting.
  • To avoid dehydration when taking Bumetanide (Bumex), follow your doctors instructions on the amounts and types of liquids to consume.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Bumetanide (Bumex).

What to know before using Bumetanide (Bumex):

If any of the following apply to you, discuss with your doctor before taking Bumetanide (Bumex):

  • unable to urinatediabetes
  • severe dehydration
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • heart rhythm disorder
  • gout
  • diabetes
  • allergic to sulfa drugs
  • pregnant
  • nursing

The side effects of the below medications may be increased by Bumetanide (Bumex).

Although Bumetanide (Bumex) is used in people with kidney disease, it can harm the kidneys if your condition gets worse, especially when you use other medications harmful to the kidneys (including some over-the-counter medicines).

You may need dose adjustments or special tests if you have recently used:

  • medicines to treat a bowel disorderglucosamine arthritis
  • medication to prevent organ transplant rejection
  • antiviral medications
  • chemotherapy
  • pain or arthritis medicines
  • any injected antibiotics.

Some medicines may have negative interactions with Bumetanide (Bumex).  Ask your doctor before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine and check if any of your medications will interact with Bumetanide (Bumex).

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:

  • lithium (Lithobid)
  • digoxin (Lanoxin)
  • probenecid (Benemid)medication
  • indomethacin
  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
  • diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren)
  • etodolac (Lodine)
  • meloxicam (Mobic)
  • nabumetone (Relafen)
  • naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn)
  • piroxicam (Feldene)
  • blood pressure medication
  • any other diuretics

This list is not complete and there are many other drugs that can interact with Bumetanide (Bumex). If you are taking prescription or over-the-counter medication, vitamins or herbal products. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it all of your health care providers.

Side effects of Bumetanide (Bumex):

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these allergic reactions:

Symptoms of overdose

  • Difficulty breathingcalf pain
  • pain in chest, groin, or legs, especially the calves
  • severe, sudden headache
  • slurred speech
  • sudden loss of coordination
  • sudden, severe weakness or numbness in the arm or leg
  • sudden, unexplained shortness of breath
  • unusual drowsiness, dullness, or feeling of sluggishness
  • vision changes

Stop using Bumetanide (Bumex) and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • Abdominal pain
  • blurred vision
  • confusion
  • decreased urine output
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • dry mouth
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • flushed, dry skin
  • fruit-like breath odor
  • headache
  • increased hunger
  • increased thirst
  • increased urination
  • irritability
  • joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of mental alertness
  • lower back, side, or stomach pain
  • mood or mental changes
  • muscle pain or cramps
  • nausea or vomiting
  • numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
  • shortness of breath
  • sweating
  • swelling of face, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • troubled breathing
  • unexplained weight loss
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • weak pulse
  • Agitation
  • back pain
  • black, tarry stools
  • bleeding gums
  • blood in the urine or stools
  • chest pain
  • convulsions (seizures)
  • deep or fast breathing with dizziness
  • dizziness, faintness, or light headed when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
  • fever
  • hallucinations
  • hives
  • increase in heart rate
  • increased blood pressure
  • numbness of feet, hands, and around the mouth
  • pinpoint red spots on the skin
  • rapid breathing
  • stiff neck
  • sunken eyes
  • trembling, jerking of hands
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • weight gain
  • wrinkled skin

If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

  • Decreased interest in sexual intercourseerectile dysfunction
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty with moving
  • ear discomfort
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • inability to have or keep an erection
  • itching skin
  • loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
  • muscle or bone pain
  • muscle stiffness
  • nipple tenderness
  • pain, swelling, or redness in joints
  • rash
  • sensation of spinning
  • shorter than usual time to ejaculation of semen
  • trouble with hearing
  • upset stomach

The information about Bumetanide (Bumex) comes from drugs.com

Bumetanide (Bumex) Natural Alternatives:

tikvawithdrinkIf you are taking Bumetanide (Bumex) or other diuretic medications, the various ingredients  in Tikva have been proven through either clinical trials or other research to lower your blood pressure naturally by dilating (widening) the arteries. Tikva does not act as a diuretic.

Several of the ingredients in Tikva can also increase circulation, dissolve plaque that is already in the arteries and reduce new plaque from forming. In addition, there are ingredients in Tikva to help reduce stress that often increases blood pressure without all of the side effects.
Read more about the natural ingredients in Tikva on our research and ingredients page, by clicking here.

watermellonVarious herbs, foods and beverages offer a natural diuretic effect; however, they should be used with caution, in the event of unknown medical conditions with fluid retention as a symptom, or due to side effects with other medications. Consult with your physician prior to using natural diuretics.

Cutting back on sodium and exercising more can also help reduce fluid buildup.

Eating more fruits and vegetables that act as diuretics, like watermelon, grapes, berries, celery, asparagus, onions, garlic, and bell peppers, may be another beneficial solution.

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The information provided on this page should not be used to decide whether or not to take Bumetanide (Bumex) or any other medicine. Consult your doctor to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition.

This information about Bumetanide (Bumex) is a brief summary and does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Bumetanide (Bumex) .

This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must speak with your doctor for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Bumetanide (Bumex) .