Lasix Review 2018- Benefits & Side Effects-

What is Lasix?

The generic compound name of Lasix is Furosemide; it is a powerful diuretic drug that eliminates water as well as salt in the body. The kidney filters out water, sodium chloride, as well as other small molecular particles in the blood through the kidney’s tubules. The filtered water later becomes urine, whereas the filtered water and salts from the blood are re-absorbed back into the bloodstreams. Lasix blocks salts and water absorptions from filtered liquids from the kidney tubules.

Who Makes Lasix?

Lasix drug was made in 1962. And is rated by the WHO as one of the essential drugs, and as one of the best and safest drugs applied in the health system. Their wholesale price in most of the developing nations ranges between 0.004-0.02 USD daily whereas in the U.S is available in its generic drug and costs about 0.15 dollars per day. Lasix is a banned drug by the WADA (world anti-doping Agency) due to claims of its ability to mask other medicines on the market

Benefits of Lasix

Lasix has a benefit to patients suffering from hypertension as it treats high blood pressure. It is effective for treating edema that involves the concentration of fluids at some parts of the body, for instance, the upper side of the foot. Edema as a medical condition can be as a result of heart failure, kidney diseases as well as liver cirrhosis. It can be used in combination with other therapies to treat hypertension. This implies it has to accompanied by other drugs

Side Effects of Lasix

Don’t take this drug on the off chance that you might have;

Liver cirrhosis and kidney problems, No urination or no production of urine, Hypotension, Low potassium content in the blood, Dehydration, Low sodium content in the blood, Jaundice or having family evidence of jaundice in infants or newborns, Hepatic coma and precoma.

In the event that you experience allergic signs to this medication, then don’t use it. Furthermore, don’t take Lasix if you are allergic to certain drugs called sulfonamides or sulfonylureas; those treat patients who have contracted diabetes. Certain signs of allergic infections can be itching of the skin, skin rashes, and difficulty in breathing, sometimes the face, lips and the tongue might swell, this later causes difficulty in both breathing and swallowing of food substances

Lasix oral pills cause reactions after use

Common reactions of the drug include; nausea accompanied by spewing, diarrhea, stomach bloating and constipation, a feeling of vertigo, drowsiness, stomach cramping, itchy skin and rashes, persistent head pains, blurred vision. On the off chance that these symptoms become mild, can disappear after some days and even after some weeks. In the event the symptoms become severe seek medical attention.

Serious reactions of this medication include; the patient exhibits drowsiness and nausea, urge for drinking water, general body weakness, body restless, dryness of the mouth, muscle pains and stomach cramps, less urination, increased and abnormal pulse rate. The symptoms of decreased thyroid hormone levels include; general body tiredness, body feeling weak, a feeling of weight gain by the patient, the dryness of the skin as well as the hair. Sometimes Lasix can lead to pancreatic infections and its reactions can be increased body pains especially when eating or drinking, this is as a result of a sore throat, serious drowsiness and spewing accompanied by fever and chills. One of the most serious side effects of Lasix is liver damage, some of the symptoms of liver Lasix reaction include; skin and eyes yellowing

Lasix Dosage

Adult dosage for Ascites


Starting dose is 20-40mg of IV or IM once per day. The dosage can be expanded to 20mg repeatedly after two hours depending on the prior dosage until diuretic results are achieved. Maintenance dosages can be administered either once or two times per day until diuretic results are obtained


The initial dosage is 20-80mg taken orally once per day. This dosage can be expanded to 20 and 40mg between 6 and 8 hours depending on the previous dosage. The maximum dosage for this medication is 600mg per day in those patients having clinically serious edematous symptoms

Adult dosage for heart failures


The start dosage is between 20 and 40mg of IV or IM once per day. The dosage can be repeated in order to achieve desired results. This can be increased to 20mg after 2hours time. Maintenance dosage can be administered.  This drug treats edema that comes as a result of congestive heart problems renal diseases and liver cirrhosis, for instance, nephrotic syndrome.

Dosage for edema

Edema comes is as a result of congestive heart problems, renal and liver cirrhosis diseases, for instance, nephrotic syndrome. The dosage to be administered is between 20 and 80mg PO once per day, can be expanded to 20 and 40mg between 6 and 8 hours but ought not to surpass 600mg per day. Alternative dosage can be 20 and 40mg of IV/IM per day, it can be increased to the 20mg time difference of 2hours and the individual doses shouldn’t exceed 200mg per dose

For hypertension

The dosage administered for this kind of disease is 0.5-1mg per kilogram or even over 40mg of IV for over duration of between 1 and 2 minutes. This dosage can be expanded up to 80mg on the off chance that the patient is not responding within one hour but shouldn’t exceed 160 and 200mg per dose

Dosage modifications

For acute renal diseases take 1-3grams of the drug per day, until desirable results are obtained, something to note is that this dosage modification shouldn’t be used while in oliguric condition. For patients suffering from hepatic impairments little or minor dosages can be applied

Dosage considerations

The patient ought to use fluid retention for impaired renal functioning

Overdose management

In case of an overdose of the drug, the patient can take the following precautions during its management

  • The normal saline can be applied for replacement of its volume
  • Either dopamine and norepinephrine can be applied in the treatment of hypertension
  • In the vent that dysrhythmia is reduced due to the reduction of potassium and magnesium, it ought to be replaced immediately
  • Stop using the drug if the desired results are not seen after six hours


Thomas Matthys a former world-class track & field athlete and the founder of Swol Headquarters. He graduated from the University of Fordham with a Master’s degree in Science. Matthys is a certified sports nutritionist and personal coach of several professional athletes.  Matthys has been involved in various clinical studies within Track & Field including one on the factors associated with muscle recovery and HIIT.

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