Lasix , also known as furosemide, is a water pill used to treat high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and swelling as a result of excess body water. It works by causing the patients kidneys to dispose of unneeded water and salt from the body through increased urination.
Lasix comes in the form of a tablet or liquid solution which is taken by mouth. It is usually prescribed for patients to take once a day in the morning or twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Prescriptions will vary on an individual basis. Never take more or less than what is indicated on your prescription label.
When taking this type of medication, users may experience some common side effects. Some of the side effects which do not require medical attention include muscle cramps, weakness, upset stomach, thirst, confusion, headache and constipation. If you are experiencing side effects such as fever, sore throat or ringing ears, contact your doctor immediately.
Occasionally Lasix may be prescribed for other purposes, as directed by your doctor.