Lasix (furosemide) belongs to the group of loop diuretics commonly known as water pills. The function of this medicine occurs mainly in the kidneys causing a person to urinate more than usual.
The extra fluid removed from the body helps to lower the blood pressure, reduce swelling, and eliminate some electrolytes.
Lasix starts working in about 30 minutes.
It is recommended to avoid using diuretics before bedtime due to its direct action – elimination of extra fluid from the body.
Response to the medicine in the first 2-3 days of the treatment can be too reactive and detectable. Dizziness and low blood pressure can be the signs that the medicine works right, but may produce unpleasant feelings until your body gets accustomed to the medicine.
Blood pressure should be measured during the treatment and after it. It is important to estimate the results of Lasix work in the body. Increased fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness should be reported to a doctor. These side effects often occur in the beginning of the treatment, but soon disappear.
Intake of Lasix demands regular checks of the kidney function. Blood tests are usually done during the treatment.
How does the substance Furosemide work?
The main component furosemide is considered as an option for patients with heart failure, liver disease and kidney disease.
Furosemide blocks the process of reabsorption of sodium, chloride, and water. Vascular effect of furosemide allows venous and arteriolar vasodilatation to reduce blood pressure very fast.
Lasix (furosemide) is used mainly in the treatment of acute and chronic heart failure. It is often prescribed as a single therapy or in combination with other medicines to diminish the symptoms of cirrhosis, nephrotic syndrome, and other states characterized by fluid overburden.
Combined with potassium lowering agents, Lasix is indicated for the treatment of high blood pressure management, hyperkalemia, hypercalcemia.
Lasix is traditionally used in the treatment of acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF). The prescription of a doctor is required before you start Lasix for your condition.
Lasix treatment in patients should be carefully controlled, regular visits to a doctor are needed. If you use Lasix, you may require having often blood tests.
Overdose of this medicine can lead to dangerous health states and side effects. High risk of electrolyte imbalance exists because the medicine causes frequent urination and dehydration. The low levels of sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium can produce negative effects on the muscles, body organs and systems.
Before the treatment special lab tests should be done to identify if there is any deficiency in electrolytes.
The side effects of Lasix can include hypotension, fluid and electrolyte depletion, and renal failure.
Furosemide imposes the risk of being ototoxic and is associated with reversible and irreversible hearing loss.
Pregnant women should not use Lasix. People with serious liver and kidney damage should not use this medicine as well.