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Furosemide Brief Overview | 20 mg, 40 mg tablets Uses and Side Effects

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Furosemide overview discuss uses dosage and side effects.

Hi this is josh pharmacist with pharmacist here with a brief overview of the medication furosemide furosemide is a diuretic or what some people simply call a water pill in the us the brand name is lasix it’s used to treat edema so puffiness or swelling oftentimes this puffiness or swelling is due to heart failure cirrhosis of the liver kidney disease

And sometimes used for acute pulmonary edema so what is the typical dosage we see used with furosemide the or the tablets are available in 20 40 and 80. those tablets can be broken sometimes we’ll even see like a 10 milligram dose it’s also available in oral solution and injectable initially most doses are going to fall somewhere between 20 to 80 milligrams a

Day there haven’t been ceiling doses established on this it can go pretty high your prescriber will help determine the appropriate dose for you may be taken with or without food and most people are going to want to take it early in the day so they’re not up during the night using the restroom side effects as a whole most people do tolerate it pretty well we can

See an increase in uric acid although there doesn’t seem to be a tremendous increase in a gout attacks it can increase blood sugar so diabetics are going to want to monitor their blood sugar headache constipation muscle spasms can occur of course this can lower blood pressure so we need to be cautious that it doesn’t make us feel faint or dizzy can also cause

Low calcium potassium and magnesium sun sensitivity can also be an issue so you need to be cautious in sunlight where sunscreen if you’re going to be out for any extended period of time rarely we can run into kidney problems it can cause ringing in the ears even hearing loss can occur however that is very rare with furosemide some important things to remember with

Furosemide is we of course want to monitor blood pressure because it can have an effect on blood pressure as well as weight some times your dose is based on your weight your health care provider will have you monitor your weight that’s an indication of how much fluid you may or may not be retaining of course labs are important this medicine can affect electrolytes

Like potassium so regular labs and visits to the doctor are important there you may need potassium supplementation with furosemide often people are given two prescriptions one for furosemide and one for potassium if we want to avoid alcohol alcohol can have a diuretic effect as well we want to avoid nsaids nsaids are those non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like

Ibuprofen naproxen aleve motrin advil those can have effects on the kidney as well as fluid balance in the body so it’s best to avoid those again caution in sunlight be sure to wear sunscreen if you’re going to be outside watch for the dizziness vertigo and blurred vision we just need to be real careful especially if you’re doing tasks that require coordination

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