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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

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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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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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?

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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If my Lasix (furosemide) was decreased from daily to every other day and i now have a cough then should I increase it or be concerned?

If my Lasix (furosemide) was decreased from daily to every other day and i now have a cough then should I increase it or be concerned?

Concerned: It would be best to be concerned and contact your doctor about what to do. While you are on Lasix (furosemide) you should follow your weight daily and particularly if your weight is up you may need to increase the dose again. It's best to talk it over with your doctor. ...Read more

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I was on lasix (furosemide) when needed. After putting on 14 lbs.in 2 months, I was put on bumix. What causes edema throughout the body?

I was on lasix (furosemide) when needed. After putting on 14 lbs.in 2 months, I was put on  bumix. What causes edema throughout the body?

Edema: many conditions but usually heart/lung, liver and kidney disease each or combination. Based on your medical history suggest discuss with MD for cause. Lasix (furosemide) and Bumex are similar in action but some patients may respond differently. Best of luck ...Read more

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Good day are there any fruits or vegetables that can be consumed that would have the same effect on the body that Lasix (furosemide) does? Thanks

No.: Pharmacologic diuretics are orders-of-magnitude more powerful than anything naturopathic. If your dr has put you on a water pill, it is to control fluid build up and symptoms. Should discuss concerns with him/her. ...Read more

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Is lasix (furosemide) more effective than Spiro for edema? Should lasix (furosemide) be considered for someone who didn't benefit much from Spiro?

Diuretics : Furosemide (Lasix) and spironolactone are both diuretic drugs, but are quite different in the way they work. The best medicine for a particular patient depends on the medical indication, what other medicines are being used, and other individual factors. For a personal answer consider a consult here on HealthTap. ...Read more

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Why would I urinate as I'm walking uncontrollably while taking lasix?

Greater volume urine: First of all the Lasix makes more urine, hence your bladder fill up quickly. From here there could be two possibilities: 1- you may have over active bladder and you cannot control the urine when the urge to urinate strikes. Hence with Lasix due to large volume of urine the urine leaks out witout your control. 2- underlying stress urinary incontinence ( leakage upon coughing) gets worse. ...Read more

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I took 80mg of Lasix (furosemide) and did not urinate, should I be concerned ?

Maybe: What is your kidney function? The response of the kidney to lasix (furosemide) is complex and depends on getting lassie into your blood, then it is bound to albumin and delivered by a complex mechanism to the site where it works. Many factors affect the response of the kidney. You medications reflect you have PPH, and sounds like right side HF. You may not respond because your kidney is sensing pre-renal. ...Read more

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Can zestril (lisinopril) and Lasix be taken together?

Yes.: They frequently are . The two are also available in a combo pill. ...Read more

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Which is better: Lasix (furosemide) or spironolactone?

Diuretics: Both are diuretics, but they work in very different ways. Lasix (furosemide) will cause the body to excrete potassium while spironolactone will cause the body to retain potassium. This is an important difference. These diuretics are sometimes given together, but they are not interchangeable. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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