Q. Can Romide cause gout?
Yes, Romide can cause gout. It increases the blood uric acid levels by increasing its absorption from the kidneys which can cause a gout attack. Inform your doctor if you have hyperuricemia or a history of gout before taking this medicine. Use of Romide is contraindicated in patients with gout.
Q. Does Romide raise your blood sugar levels?
Romide can increase your blood sugar levels. This can worsen your diabetes control and affect your blood and urine sugar tests. Inform your doctor if you are a diabetic before taking Romide.
Q. Can I use Romide with spironolactone?
Romide can be taken with spironolactone. When used together the diuretic effect gets added along with maintaining the blood potassium levels. Romide is a loop diuretic and causes loss of potassium from your body while Spironolactone is a potassium-sparing diuretic which prevents the loss of potassium.
Q. Does Romide cause diarrhea?
Diarrhea is a common side effect of Romide. Other commonly seen gastrointestinal side effects are the loss of appetite, upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and constipation.
Q. Can I take Romide with allopurinol?
Romide can be taken with allopurinol. Romide can increase uric acid levels and allopurinol lowers uric acid levels. So, allopurinol is given to decrease the hyperuricemic effects of Romide. However, allopurinol is not safe in patients with renal failure, so may need to be replaced with another similar medicine like febuxostat.
Q. Can I use Romide in sulfa allergy?
No, Romide should not be used if you have a history of sulfa allergy or to sulfonamide group of anti-diabetic drugs.
Q. Is Romide used for weight loss?
Romide can decrease weight by removing excessive water from your body. However, it is not used for weight loss in obese patients as it does not affect body fat.
Q. Does Romide cause electrolyte abnormalities?
Yes, Romide can cause electrolyte abnormalities as it works by removing water and salt from your body. It can decrease the blood potassium, sodium, chloride, magnesium, and calcium levels and increase blood sugar and uric acid levels. It is very important to get electrolytes and kidney function tests done on a regular basis while you are taking this medicine.
Q. Is Romide safe to use?
Romide is a safe drug if used in prescribed dose and for prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Does Romide cause hair loss?
Romide is not known to cause hair loss. Consult your doctor if you have hair loss while you are taking Romide.
Q. Can Romide cause kidney failure?
No, Romide does not cause kidney failure, rather it is used to remove extra fluid from the body (edema) which is caused by conditions such as heart failure, liver disease, and kidney disease.
Q. Can I take Romide with prednisone?
Romide can be taken with prednisone. However, when used together, they can lower blood potassium levels (hypokalemia) which can be severe, causing muscle pains or cramps, loss of appetite, weakness, dizziness, or confusion. Inform your doctor if you have these symptoms. Take potassium supplements or foods rich in potassium like orange, lemon or other citrus fruit.
Q. Can I use Romide with metolazone?
Both Romide and metolazone are potassium-lowering diuretics. When given together, they can lower blood potassium level (hypokalemia) which can be severe, causing muscle pains or cramps, loss of appetite, weakness, dizziness, or confusion. Inform your doctor if you have these symptoms. Take potassium supplements or foods rich in potassium like orange, lemon or other citrus fruit.
Q. Does Romide have any serious side effects?
Serious side effects reported with the use of Romide are atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, chest pain, diarrhea, digitalis intoxication, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, hyperglycemia, hyperuricemia, hypokalemia, hypotension, hypovolemia, shunt thrombosis, rash, rectal bleeding, and syncope.
Q. Is Romide useful in the treatment of heart failure?
Yes, Romide is useful in the treatment of heart failure. It works by removing excess water and salt from your body and decreases the workload on the heart and as well decreases the lung congestion. This helps in improving the function of the heart in these patients.
Q. Can Romide lower potassium levels?
Romide can cause dehydration and lower the levels of electrolytes like potassium in your body. You can take potassium supplements or diet rich in potassium (banana, spinach, coconut water etc.) while you are taking this medicine after consulting with your doctor.