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Loop diuretics are potent diuretics that are used to control edema in various clinical conditions. They inhibit sodium reabsorption in the kidney, and increase urinary sodium and water excretion. Common loop diuretics, such as furosemide, may be administered through the oral or intravenous route. There are both benefits and risks of a loop diuretic, such as in cases of chronic kidney disease and potential side effects. To maximize the efficiency of a loop diuretic, clinicians must clearly understand the mode of drug delivery, bioavailability and required dosage of drug administration.

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Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Dana Bartlett is a professional nurse and author. His clinical experience includes 16 years of ICU and ER experience and over 27 years as a poison control center information specialist. Dana has published numerous CE and journal articles, written NCLEX material, textbook chapters, and more than 100 online CE articles, and done editing and reviewing for publishers such as Elsevier, Lippincott, and Thieme. He has written widely on the subject of toxicology and was a contributing editor, toxicology section, for Critical Care Nurse journal. He is currently employed at the Connecticut Poison Control Center. He lives in Wappingers Falls, NY.

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