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What is Lasix?
Lasix containing the active ingredient frusemide is considered a water pill or loop diuretics type of medication. The medication can help prevent swelling and fluid retention (edema) caused by conditions such as heart failure, liver disease and kidney disorders by passing excess salt and water through urine. Some people may also use the drug to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) which can help reduce the risk of strokes, heart attacks and kidney problems.
How is Lasix used?
Lasix is usually taken orally 1 to 2 times per day or as directed by a doctor. The medication can be taken with or without food but should be taken with plenty of water throughout the duration of treatment. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage and length of treatment as it will depend on the condition being treated and the patientís response to the therapy. It is recommended to avoid consuming the tablets at least 4 hours prior to bedtime to prevent having to wake up in the middle of the night to urinate. Do not discontinue the medication without consulting the doctor, even if you feel well, as hypertension usually has no visible symptoms.
Patients using Lasix may encounter unwanted side effects such as:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Blurred vision
- Upset stomach
- Dry mouth
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persists or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Ringing in the ears or hearing loss
- Blurred vision
- Increased sensitivity to sunlight
- Muscle cramps
- Rapid and excessive weight changes
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Lasix is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.