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Furosemide Oral

Furosemide (Lasix®) is a prescription medication that is used as a diuretic for treating high blood pressure and fluid retention. Specifically, it is used for fluid retention caused by kidney failure, congestive heart failure, or cirrhosis.
There are currently several different forms of furosemide: oral tablets, generic liquid, and a generic injectable form used in hospitals. The tablets are usually taken by mouth once or twice a day, although they may be taken several times a day in certain circumstances. Since this medication increases urination, it is best to take it in the morning to avoid needing to get up to use the bathroom throughout the night.
Furosemide works by increasing the amount of salt and water the kidneys remove from the blood. This extra salt and water then is passed out through the urine. By increasing the amount of water removed from the blood, the medicine causes a decrease in blood volume. Because of this effect, furosemide can lower blood pressure and help with water retention.
(Click Furosemide for more information on when and how to take furosemide oral tablets, specific effects of this medication, and warnings and precautions associated with its use.)
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