Lasix and/or Equivalents
|Drug||Related Drug Names|
|Lasix 20mg and/or Equivalents||Furosemide, Novo-Semide|
|Lasix 40mg and/or Equivalents||Furosemide, Novo-Semide|
|Lasix 80mg and/or Equivalents||Furosemide, Novo-Semide|
|Lasix 500mg and/or Equivalents||Furosemide, Lasix Special|
Lasix Drug Description
Lasix is the brand name water pill for the generic loop diuretic furosemide. Its function is to prevent the human body from absorbing excessive salt and it forces the excess salt to be discarded from the body through your urine. Lasix can treat a number of conditions including hypertension or high blood pressure, nephrotic syndrome, other kinds of kidney disorders, liver disease, congestive heart failure and oedema or fluid retention.
Conditions Treated by Lasix
Lasix is a kind of water pill or diuretic that may be prescribed for treating nephrotic syndrome, ascites, acute renal failure, chronic renal failure, liver cirrhosis, pulmonary oedema, swelling, heart failure, high blood pressure or hypertension and oedema or fluid retention.
Lasix Dosage Information
a.) Typical Dosage Recommendations
Usually typical adult dosage varies from 20 mg to 80 mg, administered as a single dose. This results in a prompt diuresis. Your physician may increase the dosage or administer the same dose some six to eight hours later. There has to be a minimum gap of six to eight hours between two doses and dosage is usually increased by 40 mg or 20 mg, as decided by the doctor. For correcting oedema, doctors may prescribe Lasix on two to four consecutive days every week. For paediatric and geriatric patients, let the physician decide on the dosage, but usually it is a light dose.
b.) Missing a Dose
If you miss a dose and it is time already for your next dose, you should throw out the missed dose and return to your original dosing schedule. Please do not take double doses or extra doses to compensate for missed doses.
Symptoms of overdosing include wrinkled skin, heaviness and weakness in the legs, weak pulse, trembling, thirst, sunken eyes, seizures, rapid breathing, weakness or pain or tingling or numbness in the lips, feet or hands, muscle cramps, mood changes, irritability, irregular heartbeat, maximized heart rate, drowsiness and decreased urination. You should seek emergency help in case these symptoms of overdosing appear. If you suspect an overdose, rush the patient to the nearest ER or contact your local emergency helpline or local poison control center.
If you experience vomiting, diarrhea or perspire heavily or exercise a lot, you should drink plenty of water and other types of healthy fluids. If you are on Lasix, your physician may put you on a diet rich in potassium which means you may have to eat lots of bananas and oranges. Your diet should be low in sodium. To prevent a stomach upset, you should take Lasix with food. If you are currently on sucralfate or Carafate, you should consume Lasix two hours after or two hours before taking sucralfate. Do not use Lasix if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Inform your physician if you suffer from any of the following – trouble with urination, low protein in the blood, enlarged prostate, mineral imbalance with sodium or potassium or magnesium or calcium in the blood, systemic lupus erythematosus, low blood pressure, hearing problems, gout, diabetes, anaemia, liver cirrhosis or kidney disease. Also inform your physician if you are allergic to sulpha based drugs like septra, gantrisin, Bactrim, azulfidine, sulfisoxazole, sulfasalazine and sulfamethoxazole. If you are breastfeeding or are pregnant or are trying to conceive, remember to tell your doctor. Lasix can cause hypokalaemia or loss of potassium from the body. Long term use of laxatives and large quantities of liquorice and corticosteroids and ACTH or liver diseases can exacerbate your hypokalaemia. If your diarrhea, vomiting, severe nausea or thirst and muscle cramps get out of hand, tell your physician immediately. When you are on a Lasix treatment regimen, your physician will order regular urine and blood tests to check for rise in blood sugar levels. Do not miss these appointments. If you experience constant spinning sensations, ringing in the ears or dizziness or hearing loss, fainting, dizziness or light-headedness, you should immediately inform your physician. Lasix can make your skin photo sensitive, so you should avoid sun exposure, tanning beds and sunlamps. Use umbrellas and sunscreens while you are outdoors. Lasix may not be safe for you if you cannot urinate or are allergic to sulpha based drugs or if you suffer from diabetes, lupus, gout, triglycerides, high cholesterol, electrolytic imbalance, cirrhosis, bladder obstruction, enlarged prostate or kidney diseases. Avoid dehydration.
Lasix Side Effects
If you notice any of the following severe symptoms, you should inform your physician immediately:
- Yellow hazy vision
- Yellowing skin
- Yellowing eyes
- Unusual bruising or bleeding
- Ulcers or sores or white patches on the throat, mouth or lips
- Spots on the skin resembling pimples or blisters
- Stomach pain
- Severe diarrhea
- Ringing in the ears
- Hearing loss
- Pain in the lower back or pain in your sides
- Problems in urination
- Muscle cramps
- Increased thirst
- Dry mouth
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Tarry, bloody stools
- Red skin rash
- Peeling or blistering of skin
- Stomach cramps
- Loss of appetite
If you notice any of the following signs of an allergic reaction, you should call your physician right away:
- Trouble in breathing
- Chest tightness
- Tingling or swelling in your throat or mouth
- Swelling in your hands or face
- Hives or itching
Lasix Drug Interactions
Lasix may interact with a few drugs. You should inform your physician if you use any of the following:
- Water pill or diuretic
- Ethacrynic acid
- High blood pressure medications
- Arthritis or pain medications
- Medicines for infection
This is not a complete list of all the drugs and medications that can possibly interact with Lasix. To prevent adverse reactions and dangerous interactions, you should present your physician or pharmacist with a complete list of all the drugs and medications that you are currently using. This includes all kinds of prescription and non-prescription over the counter drugs, weight loss pills, antacids, pain relief medications, multi-mineral and multivitamin health supplements, herbal pills and potions, health products and herbal concoctions that you use.
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Notice: The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.