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Do you have to taper lasix (furosemide)?

Do you have to taper lasix (furosemide)?

No: Loop diuretics including furosemide (=lasix) can be stopped without tapering it. ...Read more

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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My doc and I are tapering off some meds but I can't choose which one first baclofen furosemide lyrica (pregabalin) or mirapex which would you choose?

My doc and I are tapering off some meds but I can't choose which one first baclofen furosemide lyrica (pregabalin) or mirapex which would you choose?

Depends.: Depends upon why you are taking the meds and any other co-morbidities. Restless legs syndrome?, chronic pain?, muscle cramps, spasm, dystonia, movement disorder, insomnia? Unless you have heart failure or other clear indication, seems like the Lasix (furosemide) could go away without taper. At the end of the day it might not matter which. ...Read more

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How do I come off of Lasix (furosemide)?

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

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 I take 240mg of Lasix (furosemide) all at once?

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

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Does Lasix (furosemide) causes hypernatremia?

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Usually, no: Lasix (furosemide) causes sodium wasting, so it classically causes a hyponatremia. ...Read more

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Will taking Lasix (furosemide) lead to dehydration?

Will taking Lasix (furosemide) lead to dehydration?

Possibly: Lasix (furosemide) is a drug meant to remove excess fluid and sodium from the body. If too much is taken, or intake drops substantially it can cause dehydration. ...Read more

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How does lasix (furosemide) for low urine output help?

How does lasix (furosemide) for low urine output help?

Depends on cause.: Lasix (furosemide)'s a medicine / poison that tricks the kidneys into losing urine while the drug is around. It can damage the kidneys if urine production is shut down as a defense mechanism. However, if the kidney is shutting down because it's not getting enough blood (because the heart is too overburdened with fluid to pump effectively) then Lasix (furosemide) will be helpful in unloading excess fluid & helping the hear ...Read more

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What all can be the side effects of lasix (furosemide)?

See below: Side effects include electrolyte disturbances like low sodium, low pottassium. It can also lead to dehydration if not carefully dosed. Rarely allergic reactions occur like any other medications. ...Read more

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Should nonpitting edema be treated with lasix (furosemide)?

Edema: We use furosemide (lasix)to treat excess fluid and increase the renal excretion of water/electrolyte. Sometimes nonpitting edema is still due to fluid overload and Lasix may be appropriate. The cause of the edema is the indicator for what treatment is needed. ...Read more

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Can Lasix (furosemide) and metalazone be taken at the same time?

Diuretic combo: Yes, both can be taken at the same time. Lasix (furosemide) is a loop diuretic and can be used in combination with Metolazone to deliver a greater diuresis than Lasix (furosemide) gives by its self. You should have your doctor test the patient for other causes of leg edema, such as varicose veins or pulmonary artery hypertension to make sure the edema is being treated appropriately, good luck. ...Read more

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Would Lasix cause my detrol (tolterodine) la not work as effectively?

Would Lasix cause my detrol (tolterodine) la not work as effectively?

Yes and No: Detrol (tolterodine) decreases the number of voids that the bladder does. Lasix causes more urine output which increases the number of voids that the bladder does. Lasix does not however interfere with Detrol (tolterodine) directly, that I know of. ...Read more

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What else can you do for edema when Lasix (furosemide) does not work?

Edema: Edema has various causes, the treatment needs to be aimed at the cause. Lasix (furosemide) treats some parts of edema spectrum but isn't always effective. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What do doctors do if Lasix (furosemide) is not pulling fluid off the body?

Diuresis: First we have to know why the diuretic is needed. If it is indicated, the kidneys have to be good enough to respond, there has to be adequate protein components in the blood, there has to be enough blood pressure going to the kidney. If the data suggests the diuretic should work we work the dose up, sometimes we require a combination of diuretics. Sometimes we have to do dialysis to remove fluid. ...Read more

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What are the statistics of death rate of elderly people on lasix (furosemide)?

Don't think it known: Just being on Lasix (furosemide) doesn't necessarily care a risk of death. This medication is used for many purposes. Some patients on this are severely and critically ill and some not so very ill. I don't think you will find any statistics as you posed your question. Perhaps a different question is answerable. ...Read more

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Lasix (Definition)

Lasix is a loop affecting water pill/diuretic which is a kind of water pill or diuretic (heart ...Read more