Lasix prevents excessive fluid retention (edema) in people with kidney disorder (nephrotic syndrome), heart failure, cirrhosis, and liver disease. The medication is also utilized in adults for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension) alone or together with other antihypertensive drugs. It is also helpful in the management of severe hypercalcemia (elevated calcium level in the blood) in combination with adequate rehydration.
The active component, Furosemide, is a potent loop diuretic (‘water pill’), which prevents the body from absorbing too much salt, eliminating it instead through the urine. It works by blocking the absorption of sodium, chloride, and water from the filtered fluid in the kidney tubules, causing a profound increase in the output of urine (diuresis).
Lasix starts to act within one hour after oral administration and the effect lasts for about 6-8 hours.
How should I take Lasix?
Take the medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. The dosage of Lasix depends on the body weight and the overall health condition and should be individualized for every patient.
Take Lasix tablets with a full glass of water at the same time once a day, regardless of food intake. Do not crush or chew the tablet, swallow it whole.
Do not take more than your recommended dose, as high doses of Furosemide may cause irreversible hearing loss.
To achieve the most effective results, do not stop taking Lasix suddenly.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Lasix is sometimes used only once, so you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are using the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost the time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
If an overdose occurs and you are feeling unwell, seek emergency medical attention or contact your healthcare provider immediately. Overdose symptoms may include feeling very thirsty or hot, heavy sweating, hot and dry skin, extreme weakness, or fainting.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F) away from moisture, heat, and light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Keep out of the reach of children.