If you have recently been prescribed the prescription Lasix for a medical condition, you may be concerned about taking it correctly and other things you should know about the drug.
Lasix is often prescribed for edema or swelling that often occurs as a result of a medical condition. Congestive heart failure or kidney disease are two common conditions that often have swelling as a symptom. Hands and legs or feet are the places where swelling is often noticed and it can hamper movement or even be painful.
Patients will often be given between 20 and 80 mg as the initial first dose and it may be administered as just one dose. Afterwards, you will probably notice an immediate diuresis, which results in frequent urination. A second dose can be administered about 6 to 8 hours later at the same dosage or it may be increased. Usually, the increase is by 20 or 40 mg, but it should not be given sooner than the allowed time.
A dosage for regular use will be determined by the doctor and is often given twice per day for three or four days in a row. Any more often than that and dehydration may occur. It is often recommended to take the first dose early in the morning around 8 am and the second dose given about eight hours later. Any later in the day and it can cause you to lose sleep with frequent trips to the bathroom. For people with severe edema, the dosage may be transitioned up to 600 mg per day.
Many people have to be monitored and take laboratory tests to ensure that their nutrient levels are adequate with prolonged use of Latrix. For older people, a lower dose is usually recommended. Blood pressure can drop with the administration of the drug and it must be monitored closely to prevent adverse reactions.
The pill is small, white, and either round or oval, depending on the dosage. Exposure to light can cause discoloration.
You should also be aware that there are side effects to be concerned about. You will most often see a drop in blood pressure, dehydration, and a depletion of electrolytes such as sodium and potassium. Other more serious results from taking the medication include abdominal pain, dizziness, rash, jaundice, and ringing in the ear. An increase in blood sugar can also occur. These can be serious so it is important to talk to your doctor if you experience anything unusual.
Lasix has many benefits and can help control edema in patients. However, it should be used with caution and one should always follow the doctor's orders. Never change medication dosage or stop taking it without the approval of your doctor.