What is ethacrynic acid?

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Ethacrynic acid is a diuretic, or water pill, that is used to treat fluid retention that may result from various medical problems. The medication causes salt to be disposed of through the urine so that the kidneys can get rid of unneeded water. People with congestive heart failure, kidney disorders, or liver disease may need this. Edecrin is the brand name for ethacrynic acid; there is no generic equivalent. Ethacrynic acid may be orally ingested and injected.