Furosemide Information - Side Effects, Drug Interactions, Conditions
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Furosemide

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Furosemide 80mg Tab
Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: MYLAN 232  |  80
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Furosemide 40mg Tab
Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: MYLAN 216  |  40
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Furosemide 40mg Tab
Sandoz Inc
Pill Identification: GG 201 
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Furosemide 40mg Tab
Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: RE 23 
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Furosemide 20mg Tab
Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: M 2 
Overview Information on Furosemide
Pharmacist Tip
Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know if furosemide will make you drowsy or dizzy.     
Furosemide is a type of medicine known as a loop diuretic, or, by its more common name, a water pill.

You may have a medical condition that is causing your body to retain extra fluids. When this happens, you may see swelling in some area of your body. Not everyone who needs to take furosemide has swelling.

Your doctor will decide if taking furosemide is right to treat your condition.

Your doctor may want you to take furosemide alone or with other medicines to treat your condition, such as high blood pressure, heart failure, or liver or kidney problems. While furosemide may help reduce the amount of fluids in your body and make you more comfortable, it will not cure your underlying condition.

Furosemide is sold under the brand name Lasix®. Furosemide comes both as a tablet and a liquid form. Your doctor will have you take the right dose of furosemide to best treat your condition.

Before you start taking furosemide, be certain to tell your doctor if you have any allergies. Also tell your doctor if you are taking any medicines, either prescription or over-the-counter, including supplements and herbal treatments, because they may interact with furosemide.

You should also let your doctor know about any medical conditions you have, particularly if you have diabetes, gout, or if you have diseases that affect your kidneys or liver. Also let your doctor know if you are or plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding before you take furosemide. You should not take furosemide if you are breast-feeding. Also be certain to let your doctor know right away if you become pregnant while taking furosemide.

Be certain to tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking furosemide before you have surgery. Also be sure to follow your doctor's instructions carefully when taking furosemide, including exercise or dietary recommendations, such as eating a diet that has the right amount of sodium and potassium in it.

Furosemide may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Cover up and wear sunscreen if you are taking furosemide and are going to spend a lot of time outside. Let your doctor know if you develop an itchy, bumpy rash on your skin while taking furosemide.

Furosemide can cause side effects. Call your doctor if any side effect becomes severe or will not go away. Some common side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
Let your doctor know, or call 911 in an emergency, if you experience side effects when taking furosemide, including the following:

  • Vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills, or nausea
  • Muscle pain, cramps, or weakness
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Yellowing of the eyes or skin
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
  • Sore throat, fever, or a rash with peeling skin
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Rapid (excessive) weight loss
If you miss a dose of furosemide, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is close to the time when you normally take your next dose of furosemide. If this is the case, skip the missing furosemide dose and stick to your regular schedule.


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013
Furosemide is a type of medicine known as a loop diuretic, or, by its more common name, a water pill.

You may have a medical condition that is causing your body to retain extra fluids. When this happens, you may see swelling in some area of your body. Not everyone who needs to take furosemide has swelling.

Your doctor will decide if taking furosemide is right to treat your condition.

Your doctor may want you to take furosemide alone or with other medicines to treat your condition, such as high blood pressure, heart failure, or liver or kidney problems. While furosemide may help reduce the amount of fluids in your body and make you more comfortable, it will not cure your underlying condition.

Furosemide is sold under the brand name Lasix®. Furosemide comes both as a tablet and a liquid form. Your doctor will have you take the right dose of furosemide to best treat your condition.

Before you start taking furosemide, be certain to tell your doctor if you have any allergies. Also tell your doctor if you are taking any medicines, either prescription or over-the-counter, including supplements and herbal treatments, because they may interact with furosemide.

You should also let your doctor know about any medical conditions you have, particularly if you have diabetes, gout, or if you have diseases that affect your kidneys or liver. Also let your doctor know if you are or plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding before you take furosemide. You should not take furosemide if you are breast-feeding. Also be certain to let your doctor know right away if you become pregnant while taking furosemide.

Be certain to tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking furosemide before you have surgery. Also be sure to follow your doctor's instructions carefully when taking furosemide, including exercise or dietary recommendations, such as eating a diet that has the right amount of sodium and potassium in it.

Furosemide may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Cover up and wear sunscreen if you are taking furosemide and are going to spend a lot of time outside. Let your doctor know if you develop an itchy, bumpy rash on your skin while taking furosemide.

Furosemide can cause side effects. Call your doctor if any side effect becomes severe or will not go away. Some common side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
Let your doctor know, or call 911 in an emergency, if you experience side effects when taking furosemide, including the following:

  • Vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills, or nausea
  • Muscle pain, cramps, or weakness
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Yellowing of the eyes or skin
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
  • Sore throat, fever, or a rash with peeling skin
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Rapid (excessive) weight loss
If you miss a dose of furosemide, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is close to the time when you normally take your next dose of furosemide. If this is the case, skip the missing furosemide dose and stick to your regular schedule.


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013

CVS Patient Statistics for Furosemide
Usage by Age
2.82%
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2.4%
20to40_base
23.37%
40to60_base
71.4%
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Most Commonly Used By CVS Patients
Usage by Gender
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54.11%
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male_fill_graph
45.89%
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