NZ Formulary

Bumetanide

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What does it do?

Bumetanide is used to reduce excess fluid in the body.

How should you take it?

Take bumetanide as directed with a glass of water, usually in the morning.

What if you forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.

Can you take other medicines?

Some medicines available without a prescription may react with bumetanide including:

  • anti-inflammatories, such as diclofenac (e.g. Voltaren®), ibuprofen (e.g. Nurofen®), or aspirin (e.g. Disprin®, in doses used for pain relief). These can also be found in some cold and flu medicines (e.g. Nurofen Cold and Flu®).

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Fast or irregular heartbeat

Muscle cramps or weakness

Hearing loss

Tell your doctor

Dizziness, headache, tiredness

Dry mouth, peeing more often, feeling thirsty

Stomach upset

Gout attack

Tell your doctor if troublesome

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver problems, diabetes, gout, osteoporosis (weak bones), or trouble peeing.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.