Lasix works by increasing the urine production and removal of such salts as sodium and potassium from the blood. The medication stabilizes the blood vessels' pressure and normalizes the blood circulation. When taking Lasix patients should keep a prescribed diet to provide your body with potassium and salt. Lasix is used to treat cirrhosis of the liver by removing the fluid retention from the abdomen to prevent the ascites. It also removes the peripheral oedema of the legs. Lasix can be taken by mouth, but in some cases when it is impossible or when the fast effect is required, the medication can be taken as an injection.
Necessary tests: Before you take Lasix make sure that you do not have diabetes, an allergy to this medication or any forms of sulfa drugs, kidney or liver disease, lupus or gout. Your liver and kidney should be monitored even if they have never caused problems before. As well as your blood should be tested on a regular basis to determine the levels of potassium and sodium in your blood.
Ability to urinate: When taking Lasix you can easily get dehydrated. You should be able to urinate and get enough salt and supplements of potassium.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: When prescribing Lasix inform your healthcare provider about the pregnancy or plans to become pregnant. It is better not to take this medication during the pregnancy if there is an alternative not to make harm to the fetus. Lasix reduces the breast milk production.
Allergy to Lasix: Some people have an allergy to sulfa drugs. They may cause such symptoms as: difficulty breathing hives swelling of the face (lips, tongue) or throat. Stop using Lasix and inform your doctor about these reactions.
The Possible Side Effects: Some side effects of Lasix can be serious. Get emergency medical help or consult with your doctor if you have the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting or diarrhea; dry mouth or thirst; constipation. stomach pain; weakness or restless; uneven heartbeat; muscle pain or weakness; poor urinating; headache, drowsy or dizziness; skin rash; blurred vision hearing loss; dark urine; loss of appetite; yellowing of the skin or eyes; numbness easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness;
Lasix and Other Medications: Lasix can affect some medications that decrease blood pressure: alprostadil, antidepressants, antipsychotics, baclofen, benzodiazepines, clonidine, glyceryl trinitrate, enalapril, nitrates, nifedipine, prazosin, propranolol, verapamil. The following drugs combined with Lasix are dangerous for kidney: captopril, antibiotics, cisplatin, diuretics, indometacin. When taking Lasix some medications can cause side effects on ears: cisplatin, vancomycin, gentamicin.
Never Use Lasix if You Have: Allergy to sulphonamides, breast feeding, hypokalemia or hyponatraemia, hepatic coma or hepatic encephalopathy, hypovolaemia, dehydration, anuria, poisoning with liver or kidney.
Dosage of Lasix: The starting dose of Lasix is usually 20-80 mg a day. It should be taken according to the prescription. Use a special dose-measuring spoon and try not to miss the dose. The dose can be increased by your doctor if it is necessary. Never take double dose as it can be dangerous. Get emergency medical help in case of Lasix overdose.