Lasix prevents excessive fluid retention (edema) in people with kidney disorder (nephrotic syndrome), heart failure, cirrhosis, and liver disease. The medication is also utilized in adults for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension) alone or together with other antihypertensive drugs. It is also helpful in the management of severe hypercalcemia (elevated calcium level in the blood) in combination with adequate rehydration.
The active component, Furosemide, is a potent loop diuretic ('water pill'), which prevents the body from absorbing too much salt, eliminating it instead through the urine. It works by blocking the absorption of sodium, chloride, and water from the filtered fluid in the kidney tubules, causing a profound increase in the output of urine (diuresis).
Lasix starts to act within one hour after oral administration and the effect lasts for about 6-8 hours.General instructions
Take the medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. The dosage of Lasix depends on the body weight and the overall health condition and should be individualized for every patient.
Take Lasix tablets with a full glass of water at the same time once a day, regardless of food intake. Do not crush or chew the tablet, swallow it whole.
Do not take more than your recommended dose, as high doses of Furosemide may cause irreversible hearing loss.
To achieve the most effective results, do not stop taking Lasix suddenly.Missed dose
Lasix is sometimes used only once, so you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are using the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost the time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.Overdose
If an overdose occurs and you are feeling unwell, seek emergency medical attention or contact your healthcare provider immediately. Overdose symptoms may include feeling very thirsty or hot, heavy sweating, hot and dry skin, extreme weakness, or fainting.Storage
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F) away from moisture, heat, and light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Keep out of the reach of children.
The most common side effects associated with Lasix are:
Less common side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.Before taking this medicine
You should not use Lasix if:
To make sure Lasix is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
Tell your doctor if you have an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or any scan with a radioactive dye that is injected into your veins. Both contrast dyes and Furosemide can harm your kidneys.
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using Lasix tablets.
The medicine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Lasix may also slow breast milk production. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding a baby.
Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.
Avoid becoming dehydrated. Follow your doctor's instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink while you are taking Lasix tablets.Other medicines and Lasix
Sometimes it is not safe to use certain medications at the same time. Some drugs can affect your blood levels of other drugs you take, which may increase side effects or make the medications less effective.
If you also take sucralfate, take your Lasix dose 2 hours before or 2 hours after you take sucralfate.
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with Furosemide, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed above.
Q: What is Lasix?
A: Lasix is a highly effective FDA-approved medication indicated for adults and pediatric patients to treat fluid build-up (edema) associated with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver, and renal disease, including nephrotic syndrome. The medicine is also used in adults for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension) alone or in combination with other antihypertensive agents.
Q: What are the side effects of Lasix?
A: The use of this medicine may cause such side effects as low blood pressure, lightheadedness, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, tingly feeling, numbness, confusion, migraine, and blurred vision.
Q: Is Lasix safe during pregnancy?
A: It is advised not to use the medication if pregnant or breastfeeding, as its active ingredient Furosemide can pass into breast milk and may harm your baby. Lasix may also slow down the production of breast milk. Do not take the medicine without consulting your doctor first.
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