Furosemide
DESCRIPTION

Furosemide, also known as Lasix, is a drug that is used to reduce edema in the human body. It is useful in decreasing edema symptoms such as swelling and shortness of breath.

How it works

As a diuretic, this drug works by decreasing the amount of unnecessary fluids in the body. This includes extra water and salt. Consuming this drug will influence you to urinate more often. This way, you will be able to get rid of the edema in your body.

Uses

Furosemide is mainly used to get rid of edema in the body. This way, it is able to reduce a number of symptoms such as swelling of arms and legs. The medication is also useful in reducing high blood pressure. This way, the medication decreases your vulnerability to wards illnesses such as strokes and heart attacks.

Dosage

This medication is usually taken my mouth, with or without food. You can take this medication once or twice on a daily basis, depending on your personal health status. When taking this medication at night, make sure to consume it at least four hours before you go to sleep. This way, you will not be disturbed during your sleep.

This medication must be consumed on a regular basis to experience best results. So, do not miss your dose under any circumstance. Taking your dose during the same time every day will prevent you from forgetting your dose. It is important for you to continue the treatment, even if your condition has improved. Do not discontinue your treatment until your physician asks you to do so.

Side effects

Keep an eye out for the following side effects since they are more likely to happen during the treatment period.

Headache
Lightheadedness
Blurred vision
Dizziness

The following side effects are less likely to occur. However, it is important to keep an eye on them.

Usual dry mouth
Nausea
Vomiting
Irregular heartbeat
Fainting
Drowsiness
Confusion

At the event of such side effects, you need to contact a physician as soon as possible.

Precautions

It is essential for you to follow the necessary precautionary methods to reduce the occurrence of the above side effects.

Consuming this drug can lead to severe dehydration. Therefore, make sure to drink as much water as possible.
To reduce risk of dizziness, make sure to get up slowly when rising from a seated position.
This drug can reduce the potassium level in your blood. So, make sure to include food items that have a lot of potassium.
Do not engage in any activity that requires you to be alert since this drug can cause dizziness and blurred vision.
Be careful when giving this drug to older adults since they will be more vulnerable to certain side effects such as dizziness.

Self-care

Although this medication can be consumed during the period of pregnancy, it must only be taken during essential circumstances. Do not follow your regular schedule during this period. Speak with your physician to create a new, more suitable dose schedule.

This drug is not only passed from mother to child through breast milk, but it also affects milk production negatively. Therefore, avoid consuming Furosemide when breastfeeding your child.

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