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Lasix, a quality loop diuretic, also known as Furosemide, prevents excess salt absorption. The drug is recommended as a treatment of edema (fluid retention) in patients with accompanying health problems, such as kidney or liver diseases, congestive heart failure and others.
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Lasix is a popular brand name of a generic drug, Furosemide, which is used in treating fluid build-up as a result of heart failure, kidney disease or liver scarring. The drug is also used in treating hypertension or high blood pressure.
Furosemide is a loop diuretic that inhibits the body from re-absorbing salt, allowing the salt to be flushed out of the body through urine.
Furosemide is a crystalline powder without odor and its color is white to off-white. It is almost insoluble in water, but is easily soluble in alcohol and soluble in dilute alkali solutions but cannot be dissolved in dilute acids.
It was in 1962 that furosemide was discovered. The World Health Organization recognizes the importance of this drug needed in the basic health system, which in turn caused it to be included on the List of Essential Medicine.
This drug is also used on racehorses in preventing and treating pulmonary hemorrhage induced by rigid exercises.
Lasix (furosemide) is mainly used as a treatment of hypertension and fluid build-up, or edema. This drug is an important and a primary medication in most people with fluid build-up in their body because of congestive heart failure. It is also used to treat the following medical conditions:
- Hepatic cirrhosis
- Nephrotic syndrome
- Therapy for pulmonary or cerebral edema where prompt diuresis is required though IV injection
- Renal impairment
- Severe hypercalcemia
Dosage requirements vary from person to person and it could be administered orally or by way of intravenous injection. If it is administered orally, it will take about an hour for the drug to take effect, and if given through intravenous injection, it will only take about 5 minutes.
Side Effects of Lasix (Furosemide)
If you experience any of the following side effects you should stop taking the drug and seek medical attention immediately:
- Ringing in the ears or sudden hearing loss
- Itching of the skin, a loss of appetite, a darkening of urine, or producing clay-colored stools
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Severe pain in the upper stomach that is spreading to the back
- Feeling nauseated and vomiting
- A noticeable sudden loss of weight, body aches or numbness
- Swelling of the body, abrupt gain of weight or trouble urinating
- Chest pain, new coughing or worsening of the cough with fever, difficulty in breathing
- Noticeable paling of the skin, easily bruised and unusual bleeding of the skin or feeling light-headed
- Rapid heart and pulse rate or trouble with concentration
- Lowering of potassium levels that lead to confusion, uneven heart rate, weakening of leg muscles or a limp feeling
- Lowering of calcium levels which may lead to a tingly feeling around the mouth, muscle tightness or contraction, or overactive reflexes
- Headache, feeling unsteady or shallow breathing
- Severe skin reaction, fever, sore throat, swelling in the face or tongue, burning in the eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads in the face or upper body that causes blistering and peeling
Other Important Information to Know About Furosemide (Lasix)
The medication should be discontinued when the you are unable to urinate.
You should disclose any previous and current medical condition to your doctor, including kidney disease, urination problems, enlargement of prostate, diabetes, lupus, high cholesterol level, gout, electrolyte imbalance, cirrhosis and other liver problems or have an allergy to sulfa drugs.
Disclosure of such information relating to recent exposure to Magnetic Resonance Imaging and or some other types of body scanning that uses radioactive dyes is important.
High doses of this drug causes a higher risk of irreversible loss of hearing. The drug should be used as recommended by a licensed medical professional.
If you are using Lasix (Furosmide) as medication for high blood pressure or hypertension, you should continue the medication even after you start feeling better. Be aware that hypertension does not exhibit noticeable symptoms.