Furosemide is used for treating water retention or edema caused due to a wide range of conditions like congestive heart failure, liver disease, or nephrotic syndrome. It is also effective in the treatment of high blood pressure.
How does it work
Furosemide works by preventing the body from absorbing too much salt. The salt is eliminated in the urine.
Taking Furosemide & the right dosage
Furosemide may be taken with or without a meal.
The treatment must continue for at least three months for you to notice any difference. If you do not notice any difference after taking the medicine for up to 12 months, then it may not work for you at all.
Store Furosemide in a cool and dark place at room temperature. Do not store it in a place where it can get exposed to direct sunlight or moisture.
Keep it away from children and pets.
Safety Information/ Warning Precautions
Before using Furosemide, you should consult a physician and discuss about your medical history.
Furosemide may not be suitable for you if:
You are allergic to sulfa drugs
You have diabetes
You have lupus
You have kidney disease
You have problem urinating
You have an obstruction in your bladder
You have high triglycerides or cholesterol level
You have gout or lupus
You have electrolyte imbalance
If you have had an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) which involves a radioactive dye being injected into your veins then you must inform your doctor about it.
You will be urinating more frequently. This may cause you to get dehydrated. Ensure that you ask your doctor about getting sufficient salt and potassium in your diet.
Furosemide may interact with some medications. So if you are using any prescription, non prescription, OTC medicines or dietary supplements, then inform your physician in advance before you use Furosemide.
The most common side effects of Furosemide are:
Diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, dizziness, spinning sensation or mild itching or rash.
These side effects usually subside by themselves in sometime as the body gets used to Furosemide.
Some uncommon but potentially dangerous side effects are:
Ringing in your ears, hearing loss, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, weight loss, body aches, numbness, swelling, rapid weight gain, urinating less than usual or not at all, chest pain, new or worsening cough with fever, trouble breathing, pale skin, bruising, unusual bleeding, feeling light-headed, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating, low potassium (confusion, uneven heart rate, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling), low calcium (tingly feeling around your mouth, muscle tightness or contraction, overactive reflexes), headache, feeling unsteady, weak or shallow breathing; or severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.
You should see a doctor immediately if one of these side effects occur.