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Substance: Furosemide (Lasix)
Package: 40mg (15 pills)
Highlights for Furosemide
Furosemide is used to treat high blood pressure. It’s also used to treat edema, which is swelling caused by fluid buildup in your body.
Furosemide comes in two forms that you take by mouth: a tablet and a solution. It also comes as an injectable solution, which is injected by a healthcare provider.
The furosemide tablet is available as the brand-name drug Lasix. It’s also available as a generic drug.
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Furosemide is a prescription drug. It’s available in two forms that you take by mouth: a tablet and a solution. It’s also available as an injectable solution, which is given by a healthcare provider.
The furosemide tablet is available as the brand-name drug Lasix. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name version.
Furosemide may be used as part of a combination therapy to treat high blood pressure. This means you may need to take it with other medications.
Why it’s used
Furosemide is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). It is also used to treat edema. This is swelling due to fluid buildup in the body. Edema can be caused by other medical conditions such as heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver, or kidney disease.
How it works
Furosemide belongs to a class of drugs called diuretics. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
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Furosemide Side Effects
MORE COMMON SIDE EFFECTS
The more common side effects that can occur with furosemide include:
nausea or vomiting
feeling like you or the room is spinning (vertigo)
itching or rash
If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS
Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 9-1-1 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:
Excessive loss of water and electrolytes. Symptoms can include:
feeling of thirst
muscle pains or cramps
fast or abnormal heartbeat
severe nausea or vomiting
Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). Symptoms can include:
pain when you eat or drink
severe nausea or vomiting
Liver damage. Symptoms can include:
yellowing of your skin
yellowing of the whites of your eyes
Hearing loss or ringing in your ears (can be temporary or permanent)
Blistering or peeling skin
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history.
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Furosemide May Interact with Other Medications
Furosemide can interact with other medications, vitamins, or herbs you may be taking. An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well.
To help avoid interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, or herbs you’re taking. To find out how this drug might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Having drinks that contain alcohol while taking furosemide can make the drug’s side effects worse. For instance, it can worsen a sudden drop in blood pressure when you stand up after sitting or lying down. It can also make you feel dizzier or more lightheaded.