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Furosemide Risks

Furosemide (Lasix®) is a prescription medicine approved for controlling high blood pressure and treating water retention. Specifically, it is used to treat fluid retention caused by kidney disease or kidney failure, cirrhosis, or congestive heart failure.
Before you start treatment with furosemide, risks associated with the use of this medication should be reviewed with your healthcare provider. For example, the drug has been reported to worsen gout, systemic lupus erythematosus, and kidney disease; make sure to talk to your healthcare provider before using this medicine if you have any of these conditions. You should not take furosemide if you are not producing any urine or are allergic to any active or inactive ingredients used to make it.
It is also important to be aware of the potential side effects of this drug. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with furosemide include constipation or diarrhea, vision changes, anemia, and sensitivity to the sun.
(Click Side Effects of Furosemide and Precautions and Warnings With Furosemide to learn about other potential risks and to find out which side effects of the medication are potentially serious and require immediate medical attention.)
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