Bumetanide is used to reduce extra fluid in the body (edema) caused by conditions such as heart failure, liver disease, and kidney disease. This can lessen symptoms such as shortness of breath and swelling in your arms, legs, and abdomen. Bumetanide is a “water pill” (diuretic) that causes you to make more urine.

Bumetanide works in your kidneys by removing extra water from your system. This leads to decreased swelling. It acts very quickly, but its effects don’t last long. Bumetanide starts to work within 30–60 minutes of when you take it. It usually stops working after 4–6 hours, especially if you’re taking doses equal to or greater than 2 mg.

Some of the more common side effects that can occur with use of bumetanide include:

  • muscle cramps
  • dizziness
  • low blood pressure
  • headache
  • nausea

If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

AvKARE now carries Bumetanide in 0.5mg, 1mg, and 2mg in unit dose, and we are providing to an increasing number of hospitals. If you facility is interested to switching to our Bumetanide, please contact your local AvKARE Representative.