What Is Bumetanide Used For?
How Does Bumetanide Work?Bumetanide is a diuretic, which is commonly referred to as a "water pill." Specifically, it is known as a "loop diuretic," named after the part of the kidneys it affects (the loop of Henle). The drug works by increasing the amount of salt and water the kidneys remove from the blood. This extra salt and water is passed out through the urine. By increasing the amount of water removed from the blood, bumetanide causes a decrease in blood volume. As a result, it also helps with water retention.
Is Bumetanide Used for Children?Bumetanide is not approved for use in children or adolescents, as it has not been adequately studied in these age groups. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using the drug in children.
Is Bumetanide Used for Off-Label Reasons?On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend bumetanide for treating a condition other than those listed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are a few off-label uses of bumetanide, including: