What Is Furosemide Used For?
Some people may wonder, "What is furosemide used for?" Furosemide is a prescription medicine that is used to control high blood pressure and treat fluid retention in adults. The medication has also been approved for treating fluid retention (but not high blood pressure) in children and infants. Occasionally, furosemide is used for off-label purposes, including the treatment of certain types of hypercalcemia and water retention due to PMS.
An Overview of Furosemide UsesFurosemide (Lasix®) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat a couple of conditions. These specific furosemide uses include:
- Controlling high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Treating water retention (edema) caused by various conditions, including:
o Congestive heart failure (CHF)o Kidney disease or kidney failure (renal failure).
Furosemide for High Blood Pressure
A blood pressure reading consists of two numbers -- for example: 120/80. The top number is known as the systolic blood pressure, and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure. High blood pressure is defined as an average blood pressure higher than 140/90, with multiple blood pressure readings.
In clinical studies, furosemide has been shown to significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure. By lowering blood pressure, furosemide can decrease the risk of developing health problems (such as a stroke, heart disease, or congestive heart failure) that can occur with long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure). However, furosemide is not a cure for high blood pressure.