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I've been taking generic Lasix for several months and it isn't doing the trick. Is there an alternative medication? I've been battling water retention in my feet, ankles, and legs for quite a few years. My family doctor put me on Lasix several months ago,

I've been taking generic Lasix for several months and it isn't doing the trick. Is there an alternative medication? I've been battling water retention in my feet, ankles, and legs for quite a few years. My family doctor put me on Lasix several months ago,

There : There are certainly other drugs that work like Lasix (furosemide) and that are much stronger/potent. You should talk to your doctor about alternatives, but of course, you must keep in mind your overall health condition and what you can or can't handle for example due to heart failure, kidney failure, or liver failure..... In any event, you should record and limit your fluid intake daily based on your doctor's assessment. And finally, don't forget to elevate your legs as much as possible and wear the support stockings. ...Read more

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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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Whats more likely to have reduced kidney functionality by 10% of a 50 year old diabetic man: twynsta or lasix? (both drugs were prescribed together).

Whats more likely to have reduced kidney functionality by 10% of a 50 year old diabetic man: twynsta or lasix? (both drugs were prescribed together).

Neither: What an odd question. Medications? The overwhelming likelihood is that the diabetes caused the problem. Twynsta (and furosemide too, really) is actually an antihypertensive drug; you neglected to mention the hypertension. HTN & diabetes are the 2 most common causes of kidney disease. The 2 together are a real double whammy. Knowledge is power, & right now you are powerless. Arm yourself. ...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 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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Why would I urinate as I'm walking uncontrollably while taking lasix?

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 ?

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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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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Lasix (Definition)

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