Lasix is a diuretic that is prescribed to treat excessive fluid retention caused due to various conditions like heart failure, cirrhosis, chronic kidney failure, and nephrotic syndrome. In some cases, it is used as a combination drug with other blood pressure medicine to treat high blood pressure.
However, your doctor may also prescribe Lasix for other conditions if found appropriate.
How to use Lasix
The ideal way to use Lasix is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Lasix may be taken with or without a meal to avoid stomach problems. Since it increases your frequency of urination, try and take the last dose by 6 pm or else it may disturb your sleep.
Lasix should be taken with a full glass of water.
Preferably, Lasix should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain a regular routine for taking it.
You must not stop taking Lasix without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Lasix is an extremely powerful water pill that stops the absorption of salt and water in the kidney tubes. This leads to an increase in urination. However, the usage of the pill must be under the supervision of a doctor because it may lead to salt and electrolyte loss also.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Lasix 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 Lasix 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 Lasix in the bathroom.
Consult your doctor before using Lasix 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 Lasix if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure), you are allergic to sulpha, have kidney disorders, kidney failure,.
You must avoid taking alcoholic beverages while using Lasix as it can increase the chances of becoming drowsy, faint or dizzy. Potentially hazardous tasks like driving, handling heavy machinery should also be avoided.
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 Lasix as Lasix may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Lasix is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
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