Lasix which is the brand name of furosemide is a prescription drug used to treat fluid retention and high blood pressure. Lasix belongs to the class of drugs known as loop diuretics or water pill, it increases the flow of urine by decreasing the level of water in the body.
The generic brand of Lasix, furosemide is produced by several manufacturers and Lasix is manufactured by a reputable pharmaceutical company, Sanofi-Aventis US. A doctor is in the best position to decide the amount of dose you should take, and this is based on your condition and medical records. For adults with fluid retention difficulty, the recommended dosage is between 20mg to 80mg. Adults with high blood pressure should begin medication with 40mg, twice per day. However, for children, the recommendation of the doctor should be followed. People taking sucralfate, cholestyramine and colestipol should take these drugs two hours before administering Lasix.
Lasix is available in three different dosages; 20mg, 40mg and 80mg and furosemide is available just in 20mg dose. Lasix and potassium? Lasix may cause a decrease in the amount of potassium in the blood, therefore, potassium levels should be monitored by your doctor. However, potassium supplements can be administered if required.
Bumex vs. Lasix?
These two products (Bumex and Lasix) are both loop diuretics. Bumex is about 40 to 50 times more potent than Lasix but with the exception of potassium excretion where the potency of Bumex is much lower than Lasix. Bumex is readily absorbed than Lasix. Moreover, there are no significant differences in the clinical response of these two medications. When a loop diuretic is prescribed, Bumex is a cheap alternative to Lasix. Lasix is used as a stand-alone medication or in combination with other drugs to treat hypertension (high blood pressure).
Lasix Side Effects
Common sign and symptoms of allergic reaction to Lasix include: swelling in the face, chest tightness, difficult breathing and itching. Side effects of Lasix medication includes; nausea, red skin rashes, weakness, sudden and severe stomach pain, muscle cramps, severe diarrhea, sudden bleeding, loss of appetite, stomach pain and cramps, dizziness. People with severe kidney disease should not take a higher dose of Lasix as it results in ringing in the ears and deafness. Muscle cramps, weakness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes, swelling of the arms or leg, and stomach pain are obvious signs that show that Lasix medication should be stopped and the doctor contacted immediately.
Warning: Don’t take Lasix if you are on gentamicin/tobramycin medication; the combination of the drug could affect your hearing. Overdose in case, please contact the nearest poison control; signs and symptoms of Lasix overdose include fainting, severe weakness and a decrease in the amount of urine produced.