Lasix is a popular derivative of anthranilic acid that has been formulated as furosemide for therapeutic use. Furosemide is mainly used as a loop diuretic (water pill) that checks more salt absorption in the body than normal level and bypasses the excess salt through urine. It has been successfully designed and manufactured by the experts of Aventis and is available in strips containing 12 tablets each weighing 40 mg.
Why to use: Lasix with its unparallel furosemide ingredient treats the fluid retention. It eliminates water and salt, restoring normal levels in the body. In the kidneys, after the final absorption excess of water, salts of sodium and chlorine excreted out of the body through urine. Furosemide blocks the absorption of the sodium and chlorine salts and water from the filtrate in the kidney tubules that results into an increased urine output (dieresis). It mainly treats edema or fluid retention caused during heart failure, cirrhosis, chronic renal failure or nephritic syndromes. It also treats malfunctions caused by abnormal potassium, calcium and magnesium levels.
Users’ Guidelines: Doses of Lasix (furosemide) vary according to the anomaly to be treated:-
Edema with cardiac, hepatic and renal malfunctions requires 20-80 mg PO once daily that can be increased up to 600 mg/day
Hypertension needs 20-80 mg PO divided in q12hr
Hyperkalemia in Advanced Cardiac Life Support needs 40-80 mg IV
Hypermagnesemia in ACLS needs 20-40 mg IV q3-4 hr PRN
Doses can be modified as per the conditions for yielding the desired response.
Allergic reactions resulting into hives, difficulty in breathing, swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat.
Itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-coloured stools, jaundice.
Severe pain in upper abdomen, nausea, vomiting
Weight loss, body aches, numbness
Rapid weight gain, lesser amount of urine