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What should I know before taking loop diuretics?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

If you have cirrhosis of the liver, you should not take a loop diuretic.

If you have an allergy to sulfa drugs, you should not take bumetanide, furosemide, or torsemide.

If you are breastfeeding, loop diuretics may not be good options for you. It is not known if they can be passed into breast milk.

If you have gout, a loop diuretic may not be a good option for you.

Ethacrynic acid should be prescribed with caution for people with impaired kidney function.

A loop diuretic may not be a good option for women who are pregnant, are planning to become pregnant, or may be pregnant. It is not known if they are safe for pregnant women.

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