Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Mild edema usually goes away on its own, particularly if you help things along by raising the affected limb higher than your heart.

More severe edema may be treated with drugs that help your body expel excess fluid in the form of urine (diuretics). One of the most common diuretics is furosemide (Lasix).

Long-term management typically focuses on treating the underlying cause of the swelling. If edema occurs as a result of medication use, your doctor may adjust your prescription or check for an alternative medication that doesn't cause edema.

Sep. 19, 2014

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