Lasix prevents excessive edema (fluid retention) in people with kidney disorder (nephrotic syndrome), heart failure, cirrhosis and liver disease. It is also used for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension), high levels of potassium (hyperkalemia), calcium (hypercalcemia), and magnesium (hypermagnesemia). The active component, Furosemide, is a potent loop diuretic (water pill) that eliminates water and salt from the body. Furosemide 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.
Lasix is available in tablets which should be taken orally with a full glass of water.
The dosage of Lasix depends on the body weight and on the health status of the recipient.
Take Lasix at the same time once a day.
Do not take more than your recommended dose, as high doses of furosemide may cause irreversible hearing loss.
Do not crush or chew the tablet.
To achieve the most effective results, do not stop taking Lasix suddenly.
Lasix Missing Dose
Lasix is used only when needed, therefore missed dosages are not relevant. Do not exceed the doctor's recommended dose.
In case of a Lasix overdose visit your doctor or health care provider immediately. Symptoms of a Lasix overdose include fainting, tinnitus, confusion, weakness, lightheadedness, lack of appetite.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F) away from moisture, light and heat. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Keep out of the reach of children.
Lasix More Info
Active Ingredient: Furosemide.
Other Ingredients: Lactose Monohydrate, Magnesium Stearate, Talc, Silicon Dioxide,
Do not take Lasix if you are allergic to any of its components or if you are unable to urinate.
Do not take Lasix if you are pregnant, plan to have a baby, or you are breastfeeding.
Do not take Lasix if you suffer from or have a history of kidney disease, cirrhosis or other liver disease, gout, lupus or diabetes.
Do not take Lasix if you suffer from enlarged prostate, bladder obstruction or other urination problems, or an electrolyte imbalance (such as low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood).
Do not take Lasix if you suffer from high cholesterol or triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood).
Use Lasix with care if you are taking indomethacin (such as Indocin); steroids (such as prednisone); diabetes medicines; diet pills; sucralfate (such as Carafate); netilmicin (such as Netromycin); amikacin (such as Amikin); streptomycin; tobramycin (such as Nebcin, Tobi); gentamicin (such as Garamycin); digoxin (such as Lanoxin); blood pressure medicines; salicylates (such as aspirin, Tricosal, Disalcid, Dolobid, Salflex, Doan's Pills); cold medicines; lithium (such as Lithobid, Eskalith), ethacrynic acid (such as Edecrin); probenecid (such as Benemid).
This medicine can make your skin more sensitive to the sunlight. Try to protect your skin where possible.
Avoid becoming dehydrated.
If you are going to have surgery, inform your doctor that you are taking Lasix.
Do not stop taking Lasix suddenly.