Lasix 40 mg (Furosemide 40 mg)
What is Lasix 40 mg?
You should not use Lasix if you are unable to urinate. Before using Lasix 40 mg, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, enlarged prostate, urination problems, cirrhosis or other liver disease, an electrolyte imbalance, high cholesterol, gout, lupus, diabetes, or an allergy to sulfa drugs. Tell your doctor if you have recently had an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or any type of scan using a radioactive dye that is injected into your veins. Do not take more of this medication than is recommended. High doses of Lasix 40 mg may cause irreversible hearing loss. If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medication even if you feel fine. High blood pressure often has no symptoms.
Before taking Lasix 40 mg medicine
You should not use Lasix if you are unable to urinate. To make sure you can safely take Lasix, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions: kidney disease; enlarged prostate, bladder obstruction or other urination problems; cirrhosiss or other liver disease; an electrolyte imbalance (such as low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood); high cholesterol or triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood); gout; lupus; diabetes; or an allergy to sulfa drugs. Tell your doctor if you have recently had an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or any type of scan using a radioactive dye that is injected into your veins. FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Lasix will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. Furosemide can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. This medication may also slow breast milk production. Do not use Lasix without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take Lasix 40 mg?
Take Lasix 40 mg exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take more of this medication than is recommended. High doses of Lasix may cause irreversible hearing loss. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Measure liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one. Lasix 40 mg will make you urinate more often and you may get dehydrated easily. Follow your doctor?s instructions about using potassium supplements or getting enough salt and potassium in your diet. While using Lasix 40 mg, you may need blood tests at your doctor?s office. Visit your doctor regularly. If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medication even if you feel fine. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Lasix liquid medicine should be used within 60 to 90 days after opening the bottle. Ask your pharmacist how many days your medicine is good for. Throw away any unused liquid after that time has passed.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Lasix 40 mg is sometimes used only once, so you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are using the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Overdose symptoms may include feeling very thirsty or hot, heavy sweating, or hot and dry skin.
What are the possible side effects of Lasix 40 mg
• Decreased potassium level in blood
• Decreased magnesium level in blood
• Decreased blood pressure
• Electrolyte imbalance
• Decreased sodium level in blood
What other drugs will affect Lasix 40 mg?
If you take sucralfate (Carafate), take it at least 2 hours before or after you take Lasix 40 mg. Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially: cisplatin (Platinol); cyclosporine (Neoral, Gengraf, Sandimmune); ethacrynic acid (Edecrin); lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid); methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall); phenytoin (Dilantin); an antibiotic such as amikacin (Amikin), cefdinir (Omnicef), cefprozil (Cefzil), cefuroxime (Ceftin), cephalexin (Keflex), gentamicin (Garamycin), kanamycin (Kantrex), neomycin (Mycifradin, Neo Fradin, Neo Tab), streptomycin, tobramycin (Nebcin, Tobi); heart or blood pressure medication such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), benazepril (Lotensin), candesartan (Atacand), eprosartan (Teveten), enalapril (Vasotec), irbesartan (Avapro, Avalide), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), losartan (Cozaar, Hyzaar), olmesartan (Benicar), quinapril (Accupril), ramipril (Altace), telmisartan (Micardis), valsartan (Diovan), and others; a laxative (Metamucil, Milk of Magnesia, Colace, Dulcolax, Epsom salts, senna, and others) salicylates such as aspirin, Disalcid, Doan?s Pills, Dolobid, Salflex, Tricosal, and others; or steroids (prednisone and others). This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Lasix. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.