Furosemide is available in brand name Lasix. This drug is mainly used for fluid retention in persons with heart failure, kidney problems and liver diseases.
A loop diuretic or water pill, Furosemide prevents the over absorption of salts into the body and instead passing through urine.
The drug has to be used only if the doctor has asked for it. Another important thing is that Furosemide should only be used as per the directions, not more or less. One thing that has to be kept in mind is that Furosemide should not be taken by patients who have difficulty in urinating.
As Furosemide is a prescription drug, the drug can be bought only after consulting the physician. But when consulting the doctor, the patients should make sure that the doctor knows all about their medical history, present and past and also the allergic reactions. The patient should not hide from the doctor if he or she is having gout, diabetes, lupus or allergies to sulfa medicines.
Pregnant women and those feeding should use Furosemide with caution. Though it is not known if the drug pose a danger to the foetus or the newborn, it is always better to consult with the doctor about all the complications.
The doctors will go for frequent lab tests to make sure that the health is stable. The doctor recommends the tests quite often to see how the liver or the kidney is functioning. So when Furosemide is advised, a patient should never miss the appointments.
There are certain things that one has to avoid while taking Furosemide. A patient should not get dehydrated. Drink lots of fluid as told by the doctor. This drug is known to make the skin sensitive to the sun or Ultra Violet Rays. So it is better for people who take Furosemide to go out in protective cloths.
There are certain drugs that the doctors would not advice along with Lasix. In the case of sucralfate, it has to be taken at least two hours ahead or after furosemide.
As some drugs do not go along with furosemide, it is good to brief the doctor about all the medicines that a patient is currently using. If a patient is using drugs like lithium, steroids, digoxin, ethacrynic acid, blood pressure drugs, diet pills, cold drugs, salicylates and indomethacin, then the doctor should have to know it.
When taking Furosemide, people can come upon several side effects, both mild and severe. Breathing problems, Swelling of tongue, lips, mouth or face and hives are some of the allergic reactions that one might experience while taking Furosemide.
Heavy thirst, dry mouth, nausea, weakness, vomiting, drowsiness, light-headedness, uneven heartbeat, less urinating, peeling skin, hearing loss, muscle pain, weakness, easy bruising, nausea, low fever, stomach pain, appetite loss, dark urine and jaundice are some of the serious side effects with Furosemide. The lesser known side effects of furosemide include constipation, stomachache, diarrhea, headache, burning pain, blurred vision, numbness and dizziness. A person having any uneasiness while taking furosemide should immediately contact his nearest doctor as some of the side effects if not looked into can become worse.