Furosemide simplified - pharmacist review
In today's article we're going to be doing a more simplified version of a large medical one that we covered in the past on Furosemide or Lasix.
Keep in mind that this text is for information purposes only.
The first thing to discuss in this brief is what Furosemide is used for.
So furosemide treats fluid retention or edema and high blood pressure.
This medication is called a diuretic or more commonly known as a water pill.
We'll now discuss how to use furosemide.
First off take your medication as directed, your dose may have to change several times to find what works best for you.
You may take furosemide with food if it upsets your stomach if you're using the oral liquid measure, the oral liquid with a marked measuring spoon an oral syringe or a medicine cup.
If you're using the normal tablet swallow the tablet hole do not crush break or chew it.
What happens if you miss a dose? So take a dose as soon as you remember but if it is almost time for your next dose skip the mist dose and take a regular dose.
Do not take extra medication to make up for a mistos.
We'll now discuss some warnings associated with furosemide, so tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you have kidney disease, liver disease including cirrhosis diabetes or gout, low blood pressure or lupus an enlarged prostate, trouble urinating or an allergy to sulfa drugs.
Also tell your doctor if you are on a low salt diet.
This medication may cause the following problems: though low levels of minerals in your blood such as potassium or sodium, blood sugar level changes, or hearing problems.
Make sure that any doctor or dentist that treats you knows that you are using Furosemide.
This medication may lower your blood pressure too much especially when you first use it or if you are dehydrated so stand or sit up slowly if you feel light-headed or dizzy.
This medication may make you more sensitive to sunlight so use sunscreen and also do not use tanning beds or sun lamps.
Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of the medication so be sure to keep all appointments.
It's useful to discuss adverse events or side effects, if you experience any of these you would want to reach out to a physician.
So if you experience an allergic reaction which could present as itching or hives swelling in your face or hands swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat chest tightness or trouble breathing.
If you have blistering peeling or a red skin rash, if you have confusion weakness, muscle twitching, if you have dry mouth ,increased thirst muscle cramps or an uneven heartbeat sudden and severe stomach pain with navia vomiting, fever or lightheadedness, you have hearing loss or ringing in the ears, lightheadedness, dizziness and fainting, severe diarrhea, unusual bleeding or bruising and finally yellow skin or eyes.
All right everybody that's all we're going to talk about today with furosemide or lasix.