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Dr. Jan Tillisch
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Furosemide (Definition)

Furosemide is a potent diuretic which increases dramatically urine output in most patients. It is most frequently used in patients who are fluid overloaded such as in congestive heart failure. Potassium, sodium and magnesium can be lost in excess with the use of Furosemide and must be closely monitored. It is much stronger than other diuretics used for ...Read more


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Why is furosemide called high ceiling diuretic? Why not just high efficiency diuretic?

Why is furosemide called high ceiling diuretic? Why not just high efficiency diuretic?

High Ceiling Diureti: Increasing the dose above the threshold will ellicit a dose-dependant increase in diuresis until they reach maximum effectiveness. This is called the ceiling effect. So, if you go above the ceiling dose, no extra effect will be achieved. Compared to other diuretics Furosemide has high ceiling effect. ...Read more

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Can anything be done to reduce nighttime urination (3x) for elderly taking furosemide 20 mg with diltiazem 240mg for high blood pressure?

Can anything be done to reduce nighttime urination (3x) for elderly taking furosemide 20 mg with diltiazem 240mg for high blood pressure?

Discuss with your Dr: Or a geriatrician. U might be a candidate for medication which will relax bladder muscle such as oxybutinin er, Detrol or vesicare (solifenacin). Such meds allow bladder to hold more urine and can reduce or eminate need to urinate at night. Your dr is best person to advise because of your various medical problems & medications. ...Read more

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CKD CHF patient on fluid 1L restriction BUN 53, Creatinine 2, going worse when on lasix (furosemide). at what BUN am I too dehydrated/cause for high BUN/C ratio?

CKD CHF patient on fluid 1L restriction BUN 53, Creatinine 2, going worse when on lasix (furosemide). at what BUN am I too dehydrated/cause for high BUN/C ratio?

Bun/creatinin ratio: Greater than 20 in the absence of GI bleeding usually indicate intra vascular volume depletion. If no peripheral edema discuss need for fluid restrictions with your doctor ...Read more

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Can I take lisinopril, amlodipine, and furosemide for high creatinine and protein in urine, while I also have high uric acid levels?

Can I take lisinopril, amlodipine, and furosemide for high creatinine and protein in urine, while I also have high uric acid levels?

Meds for proteinuria: Lisinopril (l) is an excellent drug for reducing proteinuria (p) and blood pressure control. With a high creatinine, you need to be under the care of a nephrologist (n) to make sure you can preserve your kidney function as long as possible. You also need to have a 24 hour urine collection to assess your kidney function and to see how much p you have. A n can also help with your uric acid problem. ...Read more

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Can you recommend a OTC Potassium to take daily? I take three diuretics daily for high blood pressure and occasionally furosemide for water retention.

Can you recommend a OTC Potassium to take daily? I take three diuretics daily for high blood pressure and occasionally furosemide for water retention.

You should have: Your potassium level checked before you start oral replacement, because some diuretics can cause elevated potassium levels while others can deplete it. ...Read more

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Hi doc I have a problem with fluids and I can't stop drinking water because I get so thirsty I drink 10ltrs a day is there any way I can get fluids mybody more quicker at the moment im taking lasix (furosemide)?

Hi doc I have a problem with fluids and I can't stop drinking water because I get so thirsty I drink 10ltrs a day is there any way I can get fluids mybody more quicker at the moment im taking lasix (furosemide)?

Needs evaluation: Nephrologists are "fluid experts" specializing in areas you mentioned. Diuretics often cause thirst, but rarely to this degree. Could be another underlying cause, and needs expert evaluation to rule out other disorders associated with excessive fluid intake and thirst. Answer may be simple, but often more complex than stopping diuretic. ...Read more

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Given lasix (furosemide) for edema following a back surgery on April 1st, it did nothing at all. All labs, ultrasound and MRI are clean. Any ideas? I must get rid of the 27 lbs of water, it really hurts.

Given lasix (furosemide) for edema following a back surgery on April 1st, it did nothing at all. All labs, ultrasound and MRI are clean. Any ideas? I must get rid of the 27 lbs of water, it really hurts.

Edema: If your swelling from edema is in your legs you should
1: Take your bath or shower at bedtime.
2: Purchase a wedge pillow from Binson's or other similar store.
3: Sleep with your legs on the pillow.
4: Put on support stockings before your feet leave your legs.

Your weight should go down soon. ...Read more

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How was furosemide discovered?

How was furosemide discovered?

Furosemide: See: http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Furosemide regarding discovery of use of furosemide for race horses. ...Read more

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What is the function of furosemide?

What is the function of furosemide?

Furosemide (Lasix): It is a loop diuretic ("water pill") that blocks sodium reabsorption in a portion of kidney tubules ("loop of Henle"--hence the name "loop" diuretic) and is often prescribed to relieve edema (swelling) in patients with chronic kidney disease or hypertension. ...Read more

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How do I come off of Lasix (furosemide)?

Lasix (furosemide): The first step is to discuss coming off Lasix (furosemide) with your doctor. The next step is follow the course you and the doc have agreed on. ...Read more

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What is 240mg furosemide prescribed for?

What is 240mg furosemide prescribed for?

Hopefully nothing: Furosemide is a diuretic most commonly used in heart failure. But 240mg is a truly extraordinary dose. The most given at any one time is usually 80mg. If that much is required at once, a different drug should be chosen to avoid serious side effects. ...Read more

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What's furosemide and what is it used for?

What's furosemide and what is it used for?

Volume excess: Lasix (furosemide) is a powerful diuretic meant to remove excess fluid and sodium from the body. It is used primarily to treat conditions such as congestive heart failure and kidney failure. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: furosemide?

Water pill: Furosemide is a potent diuretic which increases dramatically urine output in most patients. It is most frequently used in patients who are fluid overloaded such as in congestive heart failure. Potassium, sodium and magnesium can be lost in excess with the use of Furosemide and must be closely monitored. It is much stronger than other diuretics used for high blood pressure control. ...Read more

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What are some good alternatives to furosemide?

Diuretics: There are many different diuretics. Torsemide and Bumetanide are in the same class. Others include hydrochlorothiazide, indapamide, metolazone, . ... Choice of agent in part depends on reason to use diuretic treatment. ...Read more

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What exactly is the pharmacokinetic of furosemide?

What exactly is the pharmacokinetic of furosemide?

Loop diuretic: This is a loop diuretic designed to increase urination. Search on pharmokinetics of loop diuretics for additional information. ...Read more

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What does it mean if Lasix (furosemide) doesn't work?

Several possibilites: If your kidney function is normal, it means you're not fluid overloaded. If you have swelling, it doesn't mean that Lasix (furosemide) will fix it - many forms of swelling are not due to volume overload. If you have kidney disease, it could mean that the dose is inadequate - that's why it should only be given under the supervision of a doctor. Rarely, Lasix (furosemide) is not properly absorbed. ...Read more

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What could happen if someone took 15 40mg tablets of furosemide?

What could happen if someone took 15 40mg tablets of furosemide?

Ladin: For most people that much furosemide would cause excess dieresis perhaps with renal failure and other high dose side effects. Hearing problems have been reported. Electrolytes can be disordered if large volume diuresis. ...Read more

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What could happen if someone took 25 40mg tablets of furosemide?

Overdose: "Could" cause Overdose w/LASIX (furosemide) can cause dehydration, hypotension, electrolyte imbalance, hypokalemia and hypochloremic alkalosis.
The acute toxicity of LASIX (furosemide) has been determined in mice, rats and dogs. In all three, the oral LD50 exceeded 1000 mg/kg body weight, while the intravenous LD50 ranged from 300 to 680 mg/kg. ...Read more

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I have 20mg furosemide. 2 doesn't work so can I take more safely?

I have 20mg furosemide. 2 doesn't work so can I take more safely?

Maybe: Not without the knowledge and endorsement of your treating doctor! There are reasons why Furosemide might not be working that must be considered. Moreover, there are potential serious side effects (low potassium, low blood pressure, kidney damage) which must be balanced against the higher dose. Perhaps Furosemide isn't the best medicine for your condition? Please don't treat yourself! ...Read more

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What is the maximum dose per day of furosemide that you can take?

Usual practice is...: Typically most physicians don't use more than 160mg twice a day. However, there may be extenuating circumstances in which a patient may be treated with even more than this. ...Read more

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What could happen if I take 240mg of Lasix (furosemide) all at once?

Lasix (furosemide): This is a large dose which we would use only in unusual circumstance. The effect would depend on the patient's physiology. In an otherwise normal patient a large diuresis could be expected and possibly side effects such as ringing in the ears or hearing loss. In someone for whom the dose was appropriate we'd expect less diuresis and perhaps less in side effects. The answer is not simple ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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