Furosemide is used for treatment of fluid build–up and swelling caused by congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or kidney disease. It is also used in combination with other medicines to treat fluid build–up in the lungs. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Use Furosemide as directed by your doctor. To avoid stomach upset take Furosemide with a meal. Furosemide may increase the amount of urine or cause you to urinate more often when you first start taking it. To keep this from disturbing your sleep, try to take your dose before 6 pm.
Before taking Furosemide, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if you have allergies to medicines, if you are allergic to any ingredient in Furosemide, if you have fluid in your abdomen, hearing impairment, liver disease, diabetes mellitus, low urine output, high blood uric acid levels, a blood disorder, kidney disease, lupus, have had a heart attack, or are dehydrated, if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast–feeding. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Furosemide while you are pregnant. Furosemide is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast–feeding while you use Furosemide, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby. Some medicines may interact with Furosemide. Therefore tell your doctor of all prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement that you are taking. Do not take Furosemide if you are unable to urinate. Furosemide may affect your blood sugar. If you are a diabetic check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine. Blood pressure should be monitored when taking Furosemide. Consult with your doctor before you use a salt substitute or other product that also has potassium in it. Furosemide may cause you to become more sensitive to the sun. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Furosemide. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time. Lab tests, including complete blood cell counts, may be performed while you use Furosemide. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember. However if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the Missed Dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Possible Side Effects
Some of the Possible Side Effects are– Abnormal skin sensations, bladder spasm, blurred vision, constipation, cramping, dizziness, dizziness when rising from a seated or lying position, feeling of whirling motion, fever, headache, lightheadedness, mouth and stomach irritation, muscle spasm, nausea, redness, restlessness, seeing a yellow color, ringing in the ears, sensitivity to sunlight, vein inflammation. Contact your doctor if any of these or other side effects occur. If you experience any of the following serious side effects, you should seek medical attention immediately– Severe allergic reactions (rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue), confusion, diarrhea, drowsiness, dry mouth, excessive urination, hearing loss, loss of appetite, muscle pain/cramps/weakness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, restlessness, sudden joint pain, unusual bleeding or bruising, unusual thirst, unusual tiredness or weakness, vomiting, yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Store Furosemide at 77 °F (25 °C), excursions permitted to 59 to 86 °F (15 to 30 °C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Furosemide out of the reach of children.
If overdose is suspected seek medical attention immediately. Some of the symptoms of Furosemide overdose are– dehydration, electrolyte imbalance (weakness, drowsiness, dizziness, muscle pain or cramps, thirst, dry mouth, unusual tiredness, racing heartbeat, excessive urination, restlessness, muscle tiredness, low blood pressure, irregular heart rhythms, nausea, vomiting), low blood pressure.
Furosemide may cause dizziness. These effects may worsen if Furosemide is taken with alcohol or certain other medications. Use Furosemide with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to this drug. If your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen, contact your doctor. Furosemide should be used only by the patient for whom it has been prescribed. Do not take less or more or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
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