Furosemide is classified as a loop diuretic, commonly known as a water pill; it is a custom pharmacy drug that allows excessive salt to be passed through the body and excreted in urine. Furosemide is used for various medical conditions that may cause edema (fluid retention) such as kidney, liver, and heart issues, as well as in the treatment of hypertension.
Furosemide may be delivered in many forms; ask your compounding pharmacist for more information. Often, furosemide is given as a tablet or in liquid form, both for oral administration. Your physician, working in tandem with your pharmacist, will provide specific dosing instructions for whatever form of furosemide you are prescribed. Always follow physician's directions for dosage and usage of any drug you are prescribed.
Side effects differ from person to person depending on their unique personal body chemistry. Some may experience zero side effects yet others may experience several. Common side effects seen with furosemide are:
Monitor your condition and side effects and seek medical assistance if you feel it is needed, or if any side effects are increasing/worsening or persisting.
Some patients may experience severe side effects. If you experience any severe side effects listed below or other side effects that feel severe, whether listed or not as the list below is only a partial list, seek medical treatment immediately.
The list of possible contraindications for furosemide is long. Many conditions, diseases, and other drugs may make the use of furosemide inadvisable. Consult with your physician about possible contraindications.
Anyone considering the use of furosemide should first consult with his or her physician before beginning use.
Always tell your physician about all the medications and drugs (pharmaceutical or street), herbals, supplements, or other that you are taking so he or she can make sure that you will have no drug interactions if you are prescribed furosemide.
Furosemide may be contraindicated for use by breastfeeding women or pregnant women. Discuss your options with your physician if you are either.
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