What is Lasix?
Lasix is the brand name for a medication know as furosemide. It is a loop diuretic, a water pill, that prevents your body from absorbing too much salt, allowing the salt to instead be passed in the patients urine. Lasix is used in the treatment of fluid retention, edema, in people with congestive heart failure, liver disease, or a kidney disorder such as nephrotic syndrome. Lasix is also used to treat high blood pressure, hypertension.
If you are unable to urinate you should not take Lastix. Patients require further testing before taking Lastix is they suffer from any of the following conditions; kidney disease; enlarged prostate, bladder obstruction or other urination problems; cirrhosiss or other liver disease; an electrolyte imbalance (such as low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood); high cholesterol or triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood); gout; lupus; diabetes; or an allergy to sulfa drugs.
Lasix Side Effects
While the majority of the effects of Lasix are wanted there are some undesired effects to the drug. Not all of these effects will occur but if any do you experience any contact your prescribing Doctor immediately.
- Chest pain
- cough or hoarseness
- general feeling of tiredness or weakness
- lower back or side pain
- painful or difficult urination
- shortness of breath
- sore throat
- sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
- swollen or painful glands
- tightness in the chest
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Some effects to Lasix may be bothersome but do not require medical attention, including:
- Feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
- hives or welts
- increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
- muscle spasm
- redness or other discoloration of the skin
- sensation of spinning
- severe sunburn
Lasix is used in the treatment of fluid retention, edema, in people with congestive heart failure, liver disease, or a kidney disorder such as nephrotic syndrome, as well as in the treatment of high blood pressure, hypertension. It is a loop diuretic, a water pill, that prevents your body from absorbing too much salt, allowing the salt to instead be passed in the patients urine. Patients of all ages are able to take Lasix as a part of their daily treatment for such medical conditions.
Lasix Dosage and Directions
The average adult dose for Lasix is is 20 to 80 mg given as a single dose. The same dose can be administered 6 to 8 hours later or the dose may be increased, in needed. If the desired effects do not occur the dose may be raised by 20 or 40 mg and given not sooner than 6 to 8 hours. Adult patients can tolerate up to 600 mg/day. Geriatric patients are to take the low dose of Lasix.
The average pediatric dose for Lasix is is 2 mg/kg body weight, given as a single dose. If the desired effects do not occur the Lasix dose can be increased by 1 or 2 mg/kg no sooner than 6 to 8 hours after the previous dose, not to exceed 6 mg.