Furosemide is prescribed to treat fluid retention caused due to conditions like congestive heart failure, liver disease, or a kidney disorder such as nephrotic syndrome. It is also used to treat hypertension.
However, your doctor may also prescribe Furosemide for other conditions if found appropriate.
How to use Furosemide
The ideal way to use Furosemide is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Furosemide may be taken with or without a meal to avoid stomach problems.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Furosemide belongs to a group of drugs called loop diuretics and is used to increase the fluids secreted by the kidney leading to elimination of salts.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Furosemide to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Furosemide between 59 to 77 degrees F (15 and 25 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Furosemide in the bathroom.
Consult your doctor before using Furosemide if you have conditions like, if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Furosemide if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure) or if you are unable to urinate.
You must avoid taking alcoholic beverages while using Furosemide as it can increase the chances of becoming drowsy, faint or dizzy. Potentially hazardous tasks like driving, handling heavy machinery should also be avoided.
These effects may get aggravated further due to hot weather or fever. So avoid strenuous activity and maintain caution while sitting up or getting up in the morning.
Patients undergoing treatment for high blood pressure often report a feeling of being worn out and tired for the first few weeks of the treatment cycle. If you experience this, then do not stop taking Furosemide suddenly without consulting your doctor.
Do not use a salt substitute or a product with potassium in it without consulting your doctor first.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Furosemide as Furosemide may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Furosemide is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
Furosemide may affect your blood sugar level so please monitor your blood sugar under the supervision of your doctor.
You must inform your doctor or your dentist about Furosemide before you undergo treatment or any emergency surgery.
You may be required to undergo certain lab tests including complete blood counts while taking Furosemide. These tests are prescribed to monitor the progress as well as the severity of side effects. Please do not miss any lab appointments.
Furosemide is known to make the skin more sensitive to sunlight. So excessive sun exposure without using protection (sunscreen or protective clothing) or exposure to tanning booths and sunlamps must be avoided.