What Is Lasix?
Lasix is a great and safe medicine, which you can find in the nearest pharmacy. It is used, when you want to quickly get rid of excess fluid from soft tissue and blood.
Lasix is available in the form of tablets, which contain Furosemide (weak carboxylic acid). This active ingredient helps to remove large volumes of urine, much larger than usual. The purpose of the medication use is to reduce the strain on the internal organs and the circulatory system, which occurs due to excess fluid in the body.
Key facts about the dosage form and dosage strengths of Lasix:
- 20 mg tablets
- 40 mg tablets
- 80 mg tablets.
List of Indications and Contraindications
Lasix is a highly powerful diuretic (water tablet). Do not start treatment until you find out which dose is best for you. Excessive use of Lasix may cause electrolyte depletion.
Indications for therapy initiation:
- Edema (swelling in the stomach areas, ankles, feet, legs, and hands);
- Easy or moderate hypertension (high intra-arterial pressure).
(Singapore Health Sciences Authority approved Lasix in 1988. The owner of the marketing authorization is Sanofi-Aventis Company).
Do not use this diuretic to treat any other diseases, unless recommended by your health care provider.
Before you begin the treatment, you should inform your doctor of all your medical and disease history and your current and past drugs and treatments. You may need to avoid taking certain medications for several days before the treatment initiation.
Lasix can’t be administered to patients with a known history of hypersensitivity reactions to Furosemide or any of its other components, as well as to patients with anuria (anuresis) – serious condition, when kidneys do not excrete urine.
How to Take Lasix for the First Time and the Next Times?
The anti-edematous and antihypertensive effect of Lasix is dose-dependent.
If you have a high intra-arterial blood pressure:
- At the beginning of treatment, use a dose of 40mg twice a day.
- Subsequently, you need to adjust the dose depending on the response to treatment.
- You might need to use another antihypertensive drug with Lasix.
Lasix tablets are not prescribed to children with hypertension.
In patients with edema of soft tissues, treatment begins with a single dose:
- 2 mg/kg of body weight for pediatric patients.
- 20 to 80 mg for adults.
If you took the first dose and still notice swelling, you must continue treatment. Depending on the type of swelling and therapeutic response, the dose may be maintained or increased. Optimal diuretic response may occur when using two doses of Lasix per day.
What Side Effects May I Notice When Taking This Medicine?
Along with its beneficial anti-edema and antihypertensive effects, Lasix may cause undesirable side effects, though not in every single patient.
Find below the list of adverse reactions that have been associated with the use of Lasix:
- Noise in ears
- Muscle spasm
- Thirst/dry mouth.
During the treatment course, your weight may slightly reduce. However, Lasix not intended for weight loss.
If these effects are mild or moderate, they can disappear within a few days. If they are more severe or persist, discuss this with your doctor or pharmacist.
Side effects in the elderly occur more often than in young people. Therefore, dose selection for patients over 65 years of age requires a cautious approach.
Where to Buy Lasix in Singapore?
Lasix is a relatively inexpensive medication and can be easily found in local pharmacies. If you are not satisfied with the price of Lasix in brick-and-mortar pharmacies or it is not available for sale in these, look for it in online pharmacies.
You can buy Lasix tablets 20mg, 40mg and 80mg online, which are as safe and effective, as the tablets sold in local pharmacies. The only thing that differs is the price. Compare prices and make your choice.