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Date Posted: 19:36:20 08/10/13 Sat
Author: Lilly, an RN
Subject: Re: Raven Update 8/7/13
In reply to: GoodWillTalking 's message, "Raven Update 8/7/13" on 03:37:54 08/09/13 Fri

Hi, Raven!!
Yes, as an RN with 35+ years of practice in critical care,
I know quite a bit about Edecrin. Back in the early 80's, some doctors were still using the IV form in ICU on patients who were not responding to Lasix.

It is a drug with its own set of dangers and precautions, mainly that it is NOT a Potassium- sparing diuretic and your potassium can drop in a hurry. Calcium and some other minerals in blood are also affected. I suggest you get daily blood draws for electrolyte levels while you are taking Edecrin. IF you could be on a heart monitor, that would be even better. Be aware that your blood pressure can bottom out with the drug due to the rapid fluid loss. You will need to eat foods containing potassium and also more protein unless this is contraindicated for you for a reason unknown to me.

I know the drug works very well and very fast, but even 30 years ago, it was a " last resort" type drug because of the potential severe side effects of electrolyte depletion. I wish you well with short term use. Please don't come to rely upon it long- term. It's not safe enough.

I love you and pray for you without ceasing.

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[> Re: Raven Update 8/7/13 -- Jana Hugins (Faith), 09:05:28 08/12/13 Mon [1]

I have not written before but I have read all of your posts. God loves you and is watching over your struggle which is very hard. Please know that you are not alone and that we pray for you every day.

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