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Safety Issues With Furosemide

What Are the Side Effects?

As with any medicine, there are possible side effects. However, not everyone who takes this drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. When side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
A few of the possible side effects include:
 
  • Low blood potassium levels (hypokalemia) or other electrolyte imbalances
  • Dizziness
  • Upset stomach (nausea) or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to the sun.
     
(Click Side Effects of Furosemide to learn about specific side effects of the drug, including some of the more serious side effects that you should report to your healthcare provider.)
 

Drug Interactions With Furosemide

Furosemide can potentially interact with a number of medicines.
 
(Click Drug Interactions With Furosemide for more information.)
 

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking furosemide if you have:
 
  • Liver disease, including cirrhosis
  • Kidney disease or kidney failure
  • Diabetes
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus or SLE)
  • Gout
  • Fluid or electrolyte problems
  • Difficulty passing urine 
  • Any allergies, including allergies to sulfa drugs, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
 
Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you are currently taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Furosemide for more information on this topic, including information on who should not take this medication.)
 
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