Lasix medicine is used to reduce extra fluid in the body (edema) caused by conditions such as heart failure, liver disease, and kidney disease. This can lessen symptoms such as shortness of breath and swelling in your arms, legs, and abdomen. This drug is also used to treat high blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems.
Lasix Common dosage
- Lasix should always be taken in the dosage form prescribed by your doctor.
- The initial recommended dose in adults is 20–80 mg per day. If there is the insufficient response, the dose may be increased in increments of 20–40 mg, not 6–8 hours before the last dose until the desired effect is achieved.
- The final prescribed dose may be given once or twice daily in adults.
- In geriatric patients, lasix should be used cautiously, usually starting the dose at the lower end of the dose range.
- Patients suffering from kidney disease or undergoing hemodialysis can be reduced or replaced as advised by your doctor.
- If your condition does not improve or worsen, discontinue the medicine and inform your doctor.
There are many side effects you can get from lasix medication, including:
Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, loss of appetite, Liver enlargement, Pancreatitis, Central nervous system side effects, headache, Blurred vision, Deafness, Vertigo, Dizziness, Tinnitus (ringing in ears), Dermatological reaction, Pruritis (itching), Hives, Increased cholesterol and triglycerides, Restlessness, Weakness, Fever, muscle spasms. Also, it may cause some other allergic or unwanted effects. In such cases, seek medical attention immediately.
Before using Lasix medicine, inform your doctor about your current medications, following products (eg: vitamins, herbal supplements, etc.), allergies, pre-existing diseases, and current health conditions (eg: pregnancy, upcoming surgery, etc.) provide information. Certain health conditions may make you more susceptible to the side effects of the drug. The dosage is based on your condition. If your condition does not improve or if your condition worsens, tell your doctor. Important counseling points are listed below.
- There is a risk of anemia if you use a higher dose than the usual recommended dose
- Risk of azotemia and hypoparathyroidism
- You may experience symptoms from excessive fluid and electrolyte losses.
- Patients with hypertension should avoid drugs that may increase blood pressure such as over-the-counter products for appetite suppression and cold symptoms.
- Risk of ear poisoning due to concomitant therapy with aminoglycoside antibiotic drugs, ethacrynic acid or other ear drugs
- Risk of arthritis