WHAT IS FUROSEMIDE?
Furosemide is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Furosemide is used to treat edema (fluid retention; excess fluid held in body tissues) caused by various medical problems, including heart, kidney, and liver disease. Furosemide is in a class of medications called diuretics (‘water pills’). It works by causing the kidneys to get rid of unneeded water and salt from the body into the urine.
High blood pressure is a common condition and when not treated, can cause damage to the brain, heart, blood vessels, kidneys and other parts of the body. Damage to these organs may cause heart disease, a heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, loss of vision, and other problems. In addition to taking medication, making lifestyle changes will also help to control your blood pressure. These changes include eating a diet that is low in fat and salt, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising at least 30 minutes most days, not smoking, and using alcohol in moderation.
HOW SHOULD THIS MEDICINE BE USED?
Furosemide comes as a tablet and as a solution (liquid) to take by mouth. It usually is taken once or twice a day. When used to treat edema, furosemide may be taken daily or only on certain days of the week. When used to treat hypertension, take furosemide around the same time(s) every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take furosemide exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Furosemide controls high blood pressure and edema but does not cure these conditions. Continue to take furosemide even if you feel well. Do not stop taking furosemide without talking to your doctor.
You should not use furosemide if you are unable to urinate. Do not take more than your recommended dose. High doses of furosemide may cause irreversible hearing loss. Before using furosemide, 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.
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 this medicine you should not use furosemide if you are allergic to it, or if you are unable to urinate. Tell your doctor if you have ever had: kidney disease; enlarged prostate, bladder obstruction, urination problems; cirrhosis or other liver disease; an electrolyte imbalance (such as low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood)gout, lupus, diabetes, or sulfa drug allergy. Tell your doctor if you have an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or any type of scan using a radioactive dye that is injected into your veins. Both contrast dyes and furosemide can harm your kidneys.
Keep furosemide at room temperature of 59°F (15°C) to 86°F (30°C).
Keep this drug away from light.
Don’t store this medication in moist or damp areas, such as bathrooms.
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