Lasix, a water pill, which its brand nomenclature is referred to as Furosemide helps the body with the prevention of excess absorption of salt. Consequently, this excess salt is excreted via urination. Lasix works effectively for the therapy of edema (fluid retention). This is basically for patients with nephrotic syndrome, heart failure or liver disease. Furosemide is a curative agent for hypertension (high blood pressure)
Lasix as a drug derived from anthranilic acid. It is referred to as diuretic (water pill) in which its dosage strengths come in different forms of 20mg, 40mgand 80mg. It contains the following ingredients:
· Talc USP;
· Magnesium stearate NF;
· Starch NF;
· Lactose monohydrate NF;
· Colloidal silicon dioxide NF.
Lasix is a potent drug that works effectively for the reduction of edema (irrelevant extra fluid) in the body. This extra fluid may result in kidney disease, liver disease, and congestive heart failure. It helps in reducing signs such as breath problem and inflammation in the abdomen, arms, and legs. Lasix works for the therapy of hypertension. Kidney Problems, heart attacks, and strokes are prevented through the way Furosemide reduces HBP.
Mode of Indication, Dosage, Duration of Treatment
You are advised to follow all given instructions by your doctor or the directions found on the prescription label. There may be a change in your drug use by your doctor for effective treatment outcome. Ensure you don’t take Lasix more, less or longer than it is required. The intake of Lasix in high dosage may result in loss of hearing that may not be reversed. Follow the measuring order given. You may use the dose-measuring objects such as a syringe, a spoon or medical cup for the appropriate measurement. Adhere to all given directions on the use of potassium supplements in your diet as the use of Lasix may lead to constant dehydration. Ensure you go for medical blood tests frequently to know the state of your blood pressure and other related medical conditions. Lasix medicine may be a lifetime medicine for concerned patients. This implies that its usage does not stop after wellness. Notify your surgeon on the consume of this drug before any medical operation. Ensure to follow all the instructions on the number of doses and the duration of uses.
Ensure you adhere to the following given precautionary measures:
· Patients that are allergic to Lasix or those who have problems of urination should keep away from its use.
· Ensure you notify your doctor of you to have any of these illnesses:
o Kidney disease;
o Enlarged prostate;
o Bladder obstruction;
o Urination problems;
o An electrolyte imbalance;
o High cholesterol or triglycerides;
o A thyroid disorder;
o Sulfa drug allergy.
· Ensure you notify the doctor if you have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or if your veins are injected with any scanning type that uses a radioactive dye. This use of dyes and Furosemide may result in serious damage to your kidneys.
· Pregnant women and lactating mothers should seek medical advice before the use of Furosemide.
Ensure you seek immediate medical help if you begin to experience any symptoms of allergic reactions to Furosemide. These signs may be a severe skin reaction; inflammation of your face or throat; hives; or difficulty in breathing. The following are some of these side effects of Furosemide:
· Numbness or tingling;
· Blurred vision.
In a situation whereby you forget to use your prescribed medicine, you can always take it at the moment of recollection. However, mind the time for the next dose if not close. Taking two doses at one time should be avoided.
Peradventure you consume more than the prescribed doses, quickly see your doctor or call for emergency medical help. Taking more than the prescribed drugs may result in:
· Extreme fatigue;
· Heavy perspiration;
· Hot and dry skin;
· Feeling very thirsty or hot;
Furosemide is a drug that is contraindicated in the following patients:
· Auria patients;
· Patients who are allergic to Furosemide.
Interaction with other drugs
It is advisable to seek your doctor’s direction before using any new medication with Lasix. Some medications may lead to serious side effects or reduce the potency of Lasix when used with it.
Therefore, ensure you notify the doctor if you have a history of the intake of any of the following drugs:
· Cancer medicine;
· Chloral hydrate;
· Heart or blood pressure medicine.