Furosemide (Lasix) Information
Furosemide is a diuretic medicine approved for the treatment of high blood pressure. It can also be used to treat fluid retention caused by congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, or kidney failure. By increasing the amount of water removed from the blood, furosemide causes a decrease in blood volume. This effect helps to lower blood pressure and can also help with water retention.
You should talk to your healthcare provider before using furosemide if you have liver or kidney disease, diabetes, fluid or electrolyte problems, lupus, or gout. The medicine has been reported to worsen these conditions. You should also let your healthcare provider know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as the full risks of using furosemide during pregnancy or while nursing are unknown at this time.
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