Uch ailments and conditions as congestive heart failure, kidney diseases and cirrhosis of the liver need the elimination of water from the body. Lasix can be used in treating them.
How does it work?
First of all Lasix helps you to lower high blood pressure by making your body produce more urine. That’s why Lasix is classified as a “loop diuretic”. Lasix can be used alone or in combination with other pills that lower high blood pressure. Lasix is rather effective in treating kidney diseases. In combination with other pills Lasix can also be used in the treatment of fluid accumulation in the lungs.
How should Lasix be taken and stored?
Remember, if you realize that you’ve missed your dose take another one as soon as possible. But you should never take 2 doses at a time.
Lasix as any other pills must be kept in a dark place, tightly closed and stored at room temperature. Keep it away from children!
You’d better consult you doctor before taking Lasix. Remember that its effects can be reduced or changed by other medications.
The following medications can influence Lasix’s effects:
– Gentamicine and other Amino glycoside antibiotics
– Salicylates ( Aspirin )
– Ethacrynic acid
– Different high blod pressure pills, for example terazosin and doxazosin.
The active element of Lasix – Furosemide is classified as a potent diuretic (water pills), it blocks the absorbation of salt and causes a profound increase in urine output. Its diuretic effect can be the cause of body water and electrolyte depletion. That’s why medical supervision is highly recommended over the whole period of treatment .
What is the most important fact about Lasix?
They first effects of using Lasix can appear in 1 hour, because its action is quick. The blood pressure decreases gradually. It will take two weeks or so to get the full benefit of Lasix. You must keep on taking pills even if you feel well if you want to have stable long-lasting effects. Lasix just normalizes your blood pressure. It does not cure hypertension.
What are recommended doses for Lasix?
People with fluid retention usually start with 20 to 80 milligrams as a single dose. If you need, you can repeat your dose in a few hours or increase your dose if you are sure that another dose will be taken too soon (the optimal interval between two doses is 6-8 hours).
Remember that your doctor will adjust the dosage according to your needs. And you should never change your dosage yourself. Taking too many pills may do harm to your health. And taking too little pills will bring no result. The optimal dosage of Lasix should be prescribed by your doctor! Your doctor can use laboratory test to monitor Lasix effects.
The dose should be taken once or twice a day. The maximum dose is 600 milligrams a day.
For high blood pressure treatment the usual starting daily dosage is 80 milligrams, that dose should be devided in two and taken twice a day. If Lasix is not enough for lowing you blood pressure your doctor will increase your dose or will use Lasix in combination with other medications.
What about children?
If your doctor prescribed Lasix for your children, you should know that the starting dose for children would be 2 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of the child’s weight. This dose should be given once a day. If needed, your doctor may adjust the dose to meet the child’s needs. In fact, the Minimum dose needed for the effect is usually used. The minimum interval between 2 doses is 6-8 hours.
The maximum dose mustn’t be over 6 milligrams per 2.2 pounds.
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