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Dr. Jan Tillisch
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Furosemide (Overview)

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.


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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

Dr. Jan Tillisch
402 Doctors shared insights

Furosemide (Overview)

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.


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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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Please describe the medication: furosemide?

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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Is it common to be prescribed adipex in conjunction with furosemide?

Is it common to be prescribed adipex in conjunction with furosemide?

No: It's not a common combination although they have no known interaction. ...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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How dangerous is an overdose of furosemide? We're talking 58 40mg tabs. I'm trying to cut water weight for a contest.

How dangerous is an overdose of furosemide? We're talking 58 40mg tabs. I'm trying to cut water weight for a contest.

Very Dangerous: This is not medically recommended and is very dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention asap or call the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222.

(overdose symptoms may include ringing in your ears, loss of appetite, weakness, dizziness, confusion, feeling light-headed, or fainting). ...Read more

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What is the toxic dose of furosemide for humans?

What is the toxic dose of furosemide for humans?

Varies: Too much Furosemide can cause overdiuresis with too much urination and dehydration and therefore low blood pressure - (orthostasis) as well as too low a potassium. Too much diuresis or dehydration of the kidneys can also lead to kidney failure. If one already has low kidney function then the dose is much lower than for a normal kidney. It depends over a whole range of factors. ...Read more

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What side effect of tablet furosemide?

What side effect of tablet furosemide?

Multiple: Furosemide is used to reduce salt/water in body and thus treat edema, heart failure or high bp. Chief side effects include low potassium levels, gout (from high uric acid level) and dehydration/volume depletion. ...Read more

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Could anyone explain the effects of furosemide on lung's edema?

Could anyone explain the effects of furosemide on lung's edema?

Depends: It depends on the cause. If the pulmonary edema is cardiogenic, furosemide lowers cardiac filling pressures and pulmonary capillary wedge pressure promoting net movement of fluid out of alveoli into capillaries as hydrostatic pressure falls. If it's due to non-cardiogenic causes, furosemide will have no effect. ...Read more

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My 62 yo mom with CHF and a-fib is taking furosemide + amiloride combination as only diuretic. Is this recommended/are there better alternatives?

My 62 yo mom with CHF and a-fib is taking furosemide + amiloride combination as only diuretic. Is this recommended/are there better alternatives?

The standard: Furosemide is the standard against which any other diuretic is compared. Amiloride helps prevent the potassium loss associated with all diurectics. The combination is excellent. ...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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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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