When treating fluid retention with bumetanide, dosing can vary from 0.5 mg to 2 mg a day. The exact dose will depend on several factors, such as how you respond to the drug, existing medical conditions, and other medications you are taking. If possible, take your bumetanide dosing in the morning to avoid getting up to use the bathroom throughout the night, as the medication increases urination.
An Overview of Bumetanide DosingThe dose of bumetanide (Bumex®) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may currently be taking
- How you respond to bumetanide.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Bumetanide Dosing for Water RetentionThe recommended dose of bumetanide for fluid retention (also known as edema) ranges from bumetanide 0.5 mg to 2 mg once daily. Often, the medication is used in people who are allergic to Lasix® (furosemide), a similar diuretic. To convert a Lasix dosage to a bumetanide dosage, divide the Lasix dose by 40 (because bumetanide is 40 times more potent than Lasix).
General Bumetanide Dosing InformationConsiderations for people taking bumetanide include the following:
- Bumetanide comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once a day.
- You take the medication with or without food.
- Bumetanide should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood. However, some people do not need to take it every day, especially those taking it for fluid retention.
- Because the medication increases urination, it is best to take it in the morning (to avoid getting up to use the bathroom throughout the night), unless your healthcare provider instructs you otherwise.
- For bumetanide to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The drug will not work if you stop taking it.
- If you are unsure about anything related to bumetanide or bumetanide dosing, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without discussing it with your healthcare provider.