Generic Lasix 100mg
Lasix is a diuretic agent with Furosemide as key ingredient. These water pills are available in 40 mg strength typically taken twice a day for treatment of hypertension and water retention associated with congestive cardiac failure, cirrhosis, nephrotic syndrome, renal impairment and severe hypercalcemia when rapid diuresis is needed.
Generic Lasix 40 mg
Lasix is a loop diuretic intended for treatment of hypertension and edema due to congestive cardiac failure. It is also used for renal insufficiency, nephritic syndrome, cirrhosis and severe hypercalcemia management. 40 mg q12h is a typical dosage for hypertension treatment. Higher doses may be required for edema treatment. The length of treatment is determined by the disease severity and nature.
What is Lasix?
Lasix is a diuretic agent that comes in tablets for oral use. Each tablet contains furosemide as key ingredient, which works by increasing the amount of salt and water removed by kidneys from the blood, which causes a decrease in blood volume. Other tableting excipients are: magnesium stearate, lactose monohydrate, starch, colloidal silicon dioxide and talc. The drug is marketed by Sanofi-Aventis, US. Both brand-name and generic product tablets are currently licensed for sale.
When is Lasix indicated?
Lasix is indicated for monitoring high blood pressure and treating edema related to heart failure, kidney failure, cirrhosis and nephritic syndrome. The off-label uses of the diuretic include treatment of high potassium level (hyperkalemia), high calcium level (hypercalcemia), high magnesium level (hypermagnesemia) and treatment of water retention related to PMS.
How to take Lasix?
Lasix dosage depends on the age of the patient and the condition being treated. As a rule tablets are taken once or two times a day. The usual dosage for high blood pressure is 40 mg bis in day. The daily dose for water retention treatment is from 20 mg to 600 mg as a single dose or divided into several intakes. Some patients will have to take it on a day-to-day basis, others may take it only when needed. The drug is also approved for water retention treatment in infants and children. The starting dose for children is 2 mg/kg a day, which can then be up-titrated, but shouldn’t exceed 6 mg/kg a day.
What are Lasix side effects?
Lasix may provoke in some patients dehydration, headaches, photophobia, fever, anemia, vertigo, constipation or diarrhea. It is considered to be ototoxic with rapid administration and in patients with renal impairment. Very rare it may cause jaundice, pancreatitis, rash and abdominal pain.
When is Lasix contraindicated?
It is contraindicated to use Lasix during pregnancy. Caution should be addressed to people allergic to sulfa drugs and to patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, cirrhosis, kidney failure and diabetes. Concomitant administration with corticosteroids can raise the risk of electrolyte imbalance, and aminoglycoside antibiotics can lead to ear or kidney damage. Inform your doctor about your medical history and all the medications you are currently receiving.
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