The recommended Edecrin dosage for adults when first starting the drug to treat fluid retention is 50 mg a day. For children, the usual starting dose is 25 mg a day (Edecrin is not given to infants). Depending on how you respond to the medication and how much fluid you are losing per day, your healthcare provider will adjust your Edecrin dosage as needed.
The dose of Edecrin® (ethacrynic acid) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking currently
- How you respond to Edecrin.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Edecrin Dosage for Water RetentionThe recommended starting dose of Edecrin for adults is usually 50 mg per day. Your healthcare provider may increase your dose up to Edecrin 200 mg per day if needed. You should be carefully monitored by your healthcare provider when starting the medication. You should also be weighed each day to see how much fluid you are losing. Some people will not need to take the medication every day.
For children, the starting dose of Edecrin is less (25 mg per day). The medication should not be used in infants.
Considerations for people taking Edecrin include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once or twice a day.
- You can take Edecrin with or without food.
- The medication 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 who are taking it for fluid retention.
- Because Edecrin increases urination, it is best to take it in the morning (to avoid needing to get up to use the bathroom throughout the night), unless your healthcare provider instructs you otherwise.
- For Edecrin to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.
- If you are unsure about anything related to Edecrin or your Edecrin dosage, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without discussing it with your healthcare provider.