Brands Names: Diaqua-2, Lasix, Lo-Aqua
Price Range: $0.32 – $0.46
Dosage: 100mg / 40mg
Lasix (Furosemide) is one of the most often prescribed medicines for the therapy of hypertension, which is accompanied by massive swelling. The effectiveness of this medication has been officially confirmed by clinical trials, as indicated in the official instructions for the drug. In most cases, Lasix is used as one of the components of complex therapy of essential hypertension.
Characteristics of the medicine and forms of release
The international non-proprietary name of Lasix is furosemide. Furosemide is also an active substance of this drug and belongs to the pharmacological group of loop diuretics. This pharmacological group removes from the body an increased amount of water due to a decrease in the reabsorption of sodium and chlorine in the special structure of the renal nephron-the loop of Henle.
In addition, under the influence of furosemide, the excretion of calcium, magnesium, and potassium from the body increases. These two mechanisms and determine the diuretic and hypotensive effects of Lasix. According to the official instructions, the drug acts after a short period, and the effect of its use persists for from 1.5 to 3 hours.
Lasix is produced in tablet form. Its available in a dosage of 40 mg in a quantity of 45 pieces per pack.
Indications and contraindications to use.
The indications prescribed in the official instructions for the use of the medicament are as follows:
- treatment of edema, which develops as a consequence of stagnation of blood circulation in heart failure;
- as a component of complex treatment of arterial hypertension (at high pressure);
- therapy of edema with chronic kidney failure, with nephrotic syndrome, as well as with hepatic pathologies;
- therapy for acute kidney failure.
According to the instructions, this medication is not recommended for use in the following situations:
- individual intolerance to the active ingredient or other components of the medication;
- hypokalemia and/or hyponatremia (low potassium and/or sodium content in the blood);
- failure of renal function;
- comatose or precomatose condition due to hepatic encephalopathy;
- during pregnancy;
- in the period of breastfeeding.
Instruction for the use of Lasix and dosage.
For treating edema in patients with cardiac insufficiency, Lasix is prescribed in a dose of 20-50 mg per day. Depending on the reaction of the body, the dosage can be adjusted. During decongestant therapy for chronic kidney failure, as well as for nephrotic syndrome, this drug is used in the initial dose of 40-80 mg and is adjusted depending on the response of the patient’s body. For patients on hemodialysis, the daily dosage of the medication is 250-1500 mg.
In case of treatment of edema due to liver pathologies, Lasix is used in the initial dose of 20-80 mg. In the case of acute renal failure, injections of the drug are recommended. The injections can be administered intramuscularly or intravenously. Dosage for each patient is selected individually, depending on the severity of the pathological condition.
Side effects of the drug
The official instruction on the use of this medication lists the following list of undesirable events:
- allergic reactions;
- violation of electrolyte balance, dehydration, and hypovolemia;
- increase in blood cholesterol concentrations;
- pressure drop;
- orthostatic hypotension (a sharp drop in pressure when the position of the body changes from horizontal to vertical);
- increase in the amount of urine;
- dyspeptic disorders, changes in stool frequency and consistency;
- transmitted hearing disorders due to changes in the concentration of electrolytes in the blood.
In case of overdose, dehydration quickly occurs, the BCC decreases (the volume of circulating blood), cardiac arrhythmias or blockades develop. Also, the pressure drops sharply up to a shocking state, acute renal failure occurs, and consciousness is disturbed.
According to the instructions, there is no specific antidote for the active component of Lasix (furosemide). Therapy of overdose is symptomatic and is directed to correction and restoration of the water-electrolyte balance.
Lasix is very helpful for edema in the legs. It has a quick enough remedy. I take it with Aspartic. Furosemide is an excellent and effective drug, but, in my opinion, it must be taken only according to the doctor’s prescription. Many girls take it for weight loss, but I would take it with great care. Also, Lasix helped my husband with urolithiasis. Keep in mind that Lasix can remove potassium from your body, so also it is better to take some vitamins that contain potassium.
Greetings to all! I began to take Lasix for about three years ago because I realized that swelling after the excessive consumption of water went away very slowly by the morning. After reading the annotation to the drug, I realized that this drug washes away useful micronutrients from the body, which can cause problems. But this did not frighten me (because the action of furosemide was very effective), on the contrary, prompted to decide how to use this drug to make it safe for the body.
As a result, I began to adhere to the following rules: 1. I do not take more than three tablets a week; 2. I take vitamins every day, and on the day of taking Lasix, I take them on a double dose. Also, I want to note that last year and this year I specifically underwent a complete examination of the kidneys and liver (ultrasound, analyzes), the doctor noted that my kidneys and liver are in good condition, that for my age, in our time. Surprisingly. I’m 41 years old, and I’m not much different from an ordinary average woman.
Therefore, any treatment should be carried out with great care. I put the “four stars” just because you need to take it carefully.