Furosemide is a loop diuretic (water pill) that guards your body from absorbing too much salt, and allows the salt to be passed in your urine.
Furosemide is used as directed by your doctor.
- Take Furosemide with or without food.
- Furosemide is used only as directed on the package, unless instructed differently by your doctor. If Furosemide is taken without a prescription, you should follow all warnings and precautions on the label.
Discuss with your health care provider any questions which you have about how to use Furosemide.
If you don’t take a dose of Furosemide in time, try to take it as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. You should not use 2 doses at once.
Furosemide should be stored at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C) in a tightly closed container. Not long periods at temperatures of 59 to 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) are permitted. Keep away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Furosemide out of the reach of children and away from pets.
Furosemide Safety information
Do not use Furosemide if:
- you have allergy to any ingredient in Furosemide;
- you can't urinate well.
Consult your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:
Important to know that:
- Furosemide may cause dizziness. These symptoms may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Take Furosemide with caution. You should not drive or perform any other unsafe tasks if you don’t know how you react to it.
- A potassium supplement may also be prescribed by your doctor while you use Furosemide. Consult with your doctor if you want to use a salt substitute or any other product that also has potassium in it.
- Furosemide may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting; these effects may be increased with alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever. Sit or stand up slowly, especially in the morning, to prevent them. At the first sign of any of these effects sit or lie down.
- Furosemide may affect blood sugar in diabetes patients. Control your blood sugar levels closely. Discuss with your doctor if you want to change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
- It is important to perform lab tests, including complete blood cell counts while you use Furosemide. The tests may use to control your condition or check for side effects. Try to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Blood pressure should be monitored while you take Furosemide.
- Do not breast-feed while treatment with Furosemid and do not use it while you are pregnant.
- While you take Furosemide you may get painful sunburn more easily. Escape the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths if you don't know how you react to Furosemide . You should use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
- Children are more sensitive this medication’s effects. Use Furosemide more carefully.
Furosemide Side Effects
Discuss with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
- abnormal skin sensations; bladder spasm; blurred vision; constipation; cramping; dizziness; dizziness when rising from a seated or lying position; feeling of whirling motion; fever; headache; lightheadedness; mouth and stomach irritation; muscle spasm; nausea; redness; restlessness; ringing in the ears; seeing a yellow color; sensitivity to sunlight; vein inflammation.
If any of these severe side effects occur, seek medical attention right away:
- Hard allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue);
- sudden joint pain; unusual bleeding or bruising; diarrhea; drowsiness; dry mouth; excessive urination; hearing loss;
- loss of appetite; confusion; muscle pain/cramps/weakness; rapid or irregular heartbeat; restlessness; unusual thirst;
- unusual tiredness or weakness; vomiting;
- yellowing of the skin or eyes.