What is Lasix (Furosemide) used for?
Lasix (Furosemide) works to rid the body of excess fluid and salt, which is often caused by conditions such as liver and kidney diseases and heart failure. Removing unwanted fluid from the body reduces abdominal swelling and inflammation of the limbs. This drug is a type of medication called a diuretic, or water pill, which helps the body to produce more urine. Other conditions this drug is used to treat include hypertension and high blood calcium levels.
How should I use Lasix (Furosemide)?
Patients are usually directed to take either one Lasix (Furosemide) tablet per day, in the morning, or two tablets per day, with one being taken in the morning and one in the afternoon. Your physician will decide the best dosage required to treat your condition. If you are unsure about how to take this drug, you should see your physician again for advice.
What are the side effects of Lasix (Furosemide)?
Side effects of Lasix (Furosemide) include:
While the above mentioned side effects are not considered to be serious, it is still necessary to inform your physician if they persist or worsen, or if you notice any other more serious side effects.
Patients should note that using too much of this drug can cause serious fluid and salt loss. Your physician may need to monitor you while you are taking this drug.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Lasix (Furosemide). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.