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Lasix Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Lasix® is a diuretic medicine. It increase the amount of urine passed, and it may causes the body to lose water and salt. It is also used to treat high blood pressure. It also reduces the swelling and water retention that may be cause by various medical conditions, such as heart, liver, or kidney disease.

Lasix Dosage

  • The usual starting dose is 80 milligrams per day divided into 2 doses. If needed, then your doctor may be increased the dosage.

Uses of Lasix

  • Lasix is used to treat fluid retention in people with congestive heart failure, liver disease, or a kidney disorder such as nephrotic syndrome.
  • It is also used to treat high blood pressure.

Side Effects of Lasix

Before taken Lasix medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Lasix. Side effects may include:

  • Anemia
  • Rash
  • Blood disorders
  • Nausea
  • High blood sugar
  • Blurred vision
  • Muscle spasms
  • Constipation
  • Low potassium
  • Cramping
  • Diarrhea

Warnings and precautions before taking Lasix:

  • If you are allergic to furosemide, or any other drugs, then you should tell your doctor.
  • If you are taking any prescription and nonprescription medications especially other medications for high blood pressure, aspirin, corticosteroids, probenecid, and vitamins, then you should tell your doctor.
  • If you have diabetes, gout, or kidney or liver disease, tell you should tell your doctor.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Lasix with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Lasix with the following:

  • Lithium
  • Aminoglycoside antibiotics
  • Sucralfate
  • Aspirin and other salicylates
  • Other high blood pressure medications
  • Ethacrynic acid
  • Norepinephrine
  • Indomethacin
Overdose

After taken Lasix if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Lasix overdose include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Feeling light-headed
  • Fainting


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