furosemide - oral, Lasix
GENERIC NAME: FUROSEMIDE - ORAL (fyou-ROW-seh-mide)
BRAND NAME(S): Lasix
WARNING: Furosemide is a very potent medication. Using too much of this drug can lead to serious water and salt/mineral loss. Therefore, it is important that you are closely monitored by your doctor while taking this medication. Tell your doctor right away if you become very thirsty or confused, or develop muscle cramps/weakness. See also Side Effects section.
USES: Furosemide is used to reduce extra fluid in the body (edema) caused by conditions such as heart failure, liver disease, and kidney disease. This can lessen symptoms such as shortness of breath and swelling in your arms, legs, and abdomen.This drug is also used to treat high blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems.Furosemide is a "water pill" (diuretic) that causes you to make more urine. This helps your body get rid of extra water and salt.OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This medication may also be used to decrease a high level of calcium in the blood (hypercalcemia).
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