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Medications for Ascites

An excess of fluid in the peritoneal cavity (membrane lining of the abdomen). This is typically caused by liver disease.

Disorders that may be associated with ascites include:

  • cirrhosis
  • hepatitis
  • portal vein thrombosis (clots in the veins of the liver)
  • constrictive pericarditis
  • congestive heart failure
  • liver cancer
  • protein losing enteropathy
  • nephrotic syndrome
  • pancreatitis

Drugs used to treat Ascites

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
furosemide Rate Add review
Rx C N X
Generic name:
furosemide systemic
Brand name:
Lasix
Drug class:
loop diuretics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Lasix Rate Add review
Rx C N X
Generic name:
furosemide systemic
Drug class:
loop diuretics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
hydrochlorothiazide / spironolactone Rate Add review
Rx C N X
Generic name:
hydrochlorothiazide / spironolactone systemic
Brand name:
Aldactazide
Drug class:
potassium sparing diuretics with thiazides
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Bumex 10 1 review for Bumex to treat Ascites
Rx C N X
Generic name:
bumetanide systemic
Drug class:
loop diuretics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
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Prescribing Information
torsemide Rate Add review
Rx B N X
Generic name:
torsemide systemic
Brand name:
Demadex
Drug class:
loop diuretics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
bumetanide 10 1 review for bumetanide to treat Ascites
Rx C N X
Generic name:
bumetanide systemic
Brand name:
Bumex
Drug class:
loop diuretics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Aldactazide Rate Add review
Rx C N X
Generic name:
hydrochlorothiazide / spironolactone systemic
Drug class:
potassium sparing diuretics with thiazides
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
amiloride Rate Add review
Rx B N X
Generic name:
amiloride systemic
Brand name:
Midamor
Drug class:
potassium-sparing diuretics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
triamterene Rate Add review
Rx C N X
Generic name:
triamterene systemic
Brand name:
Dyrenium
Drug class:
potassium-sparing diuretics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Demadex Rate Add review
Rx B N X
Generic name:
torsemide systemic
Drug class:
loop diuretics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Dyrenium Rate Add review
Rx C N X
Generic name:
triamterene systemic
Drug class:
potassium-sparing diuretics
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dosage, interactions, side effects
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Prescribing Information
Midamor Rate Add review
Rx B N X
Generic name:
amiloride systemic
Drug class:
potassium-sparing diuretics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
Sodium Edecrin Rate Add review
Rx B N X
Generic name:
ethacrynic acid systemic
Drug class:
loop diuretics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
Edecrin Rate Add review
Rx B N X
Generic name:
ethacrynic acid systemic
Drug class:
loop diuretics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
ethacrynic acid Rate Add review
Rx B N X
Generic name:
ethacrynic acid systemic
Brand names:
Sodium Edecrin, Edecrin
Drug class:
loop diuretics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription only.
OTC Over-the-counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over-the-counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Expanded Access Expanded Access is a potential pathway for a patient with a serious or immediately life-threatening disease or condition to gain access to an investigational medical product (drug, biologic, or medical device) for treatment outside of clinical trials when no comparable or satisfactory alternative therapy options are available.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
M The drug has multiple schedules. The schedule may depend on the exact dosage form or strength of the medication.
U CSA Schedule is unknown.
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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