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I read that Lasix (furosemide) is not for long term, that you need to have blood test to see if kidneys are being effected, how long is it safe to use lasix (furosemide)?

I read that Lasix (furosemide) is not for long term, that you need to have blood test to see if kidneys are being effected, how long is it safe to use lasix (furosemide)?

Lasix (furosemide): Lasix (furosemide) is a safe drug as long as you are being monitored by your doctor while you are taking the medication. For some disease states, patients stay on the drug for many years. The drug reduces the body's free water volume and causes wasting of some electrolytes. Your physician will need to monitor your weight, blood pressure, physical exam, and labs (kidney function and electrolytes). ...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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I have CHF what happens when Lasix (furosemide) no longer keeps the fluid off?

I have CHF what happens when Lasix (furosemide) no longer keeps the fluid off?

Several things: You may need to restrict your salt and fluid intake. You may need a higher dose of Lasix (furosemide) or change to another loop diuretic. You may need additional diuretics which are complementary to the lasix (furosemide). Sometimes lying down and resting after taking the Lasix (furosemide) helps mobilize the fluid. Please talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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I'm a 39 yr female diagnosed with CHF out of control bloodpressure what do I do Lasix (furosemide) is no longer keeping the fluid off my body?

I'm a 39 yr female diagnosed with CHF out of control bloodpressure what do I do Lasix (furosemide) is no longer keeping the fluid off my body?

Several things: Please make sure you are not on nsaids such as ibuprofen. You may need to restrict your salt and fluid intake. You may need a higher dose of Lasix (furosemide) or change to another loop diuretic. You may need additional diuretics which are complementary to the lasix (furosemide). Sometimes lying down and resting after taking the Lasix (furosemide) helps mobilize the fluid. Please talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Had scope on knee mar 5. Feet still swelling bad. Can u tell me how long this will last. Taking 40mg of lasix (furosemide)?

See your doctor: 3 months after a knee scope, you should not have continued swelling. If this is new since the surgery, you could have a blood clot. If you have high blood pressure or prior issues with fluid retention, it could be relative inactivity. Start walking easy, or get on a stationary bike for 15 minutes a day. ...Read more

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Papa is 86 with 3 leaking valves, no surgery due to age. Low BP and chronic CHF. No increase in Lasix (furosemide) due to BP. How long can this go on?

Papa is 86 with 3 leaking valves, no surgery due to age. Low BP and chronic CHF. No increase in Lasix (furosemide) due to BP. How long can this go on?

Not predictable: With proper compliant medications, diet and support, Papa could live for months or even years. There is no good predictive model and it is in the hands of a higher power regardless. Obviously we are mortal so you should cherish the time you have now and work with your physicians and Papa to make him as comfortable as possible while avoiding things that might make his CHF worse. ...Read more

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88 y/o dad w/heart dis,diabetes,on many meds,has swollen lwr legs & feet, 6.6 potassium level in blood test,will furosemide work,how long for result ?

88 y/o dad w/heart dis,diabetes,on many meds,has swollen lwr legs & feet, 6.6 potassium level in blood test,will furosemide work,how long for result ?

ER visit: 88 year old gentleman with multiple medical problems. Call 911 have your father visit the ER because elevated potassium levels can affect his heart. The blood test may be hemolyzed (falsely elevated) but better safe than sorry with your father- get him evaluated immediately. Good luck. ...Read more

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

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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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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