Fluid retention that results from various medical conditions can be treated with Edecrin. Uses for the drug specifically include the treatment of fluid retention in people with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, and kidney disease. Although the medication has not been studied extensively in children, it is approved for their use. "Off-label" Edecrin uses can include the treatment of hypercalcemia and high blood pressure.
Edecrin® (ethacrynic acid) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat water retention (edema) caused by various conditions, including:
Edecrin can also be used to treat fluid retention in the abdominal cavity (known medically as ascites). Because Edecrin is a strong diuretic, it is usually reserved for serious situations when a large amount of fluid needs to be removed from the body.
One common cause of water retention is congestive heart failure (CHF). This is a condition where the heart cannot pump enough blood throughout the body. It does not mean that your heart has stopped or is about to stop working. It means that your heart is not able to pump blood the way that it should. This can lead to symptoms such as shortness of breath; swelling of the feet, ankles, or lower legs; and rapid weight gain (see Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure).
Edecrin can help with water retention by allowing the body to get rid of the extra fluid. However, the medication does not cure congestive heart failure or other conditions that cause the body to retain fluid.
There are many other causes of fluid retention, including kidney failure (renal failure) and cirrhosis of the liver. Edecrin can be used to treat fluid retention due to these conditions as well.