Information about Furosemide

    Furosemide uses

    Furosemide is used in the treatment of hypertension and hypercalcemia.
    It is also used to relieve fluid overload (edema) associated with heart, liver, kidney or lung disease.

    How furosemide works

    Furosemide is a diuretic. It acts on kidneys and removes excess water and certain electrolytes from the body through urine.

    Common side effects of furosemide

    Dehydration, Decreased potassium level in blood, Decreased magnesium level in blood, Increased blood uric acid, Hearing loss

    Available Medicine for Furosemide

    • ₹2 to ₹33
      Sanofi India Ltd
      4 variant(s)
    • ₹107
      Samarth Life Sciences Pvt Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹4 to ₹7
      Geno Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹2
      Natco Pharma Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹3
      Morepen Laboratories Ltd
      1 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Furosemide

    • Inform your doctor if you have dizziness, fatigue, or muscle weakness that stays for a long time.
    • Furosemide can cause dehydration and lower blood potassium levels. Take potassium supplements or diet rich in potassium (banana, spinach, coconut water etc.) as Furosemide may cause potassium deficiency.
    • Get kidney function tests, blood electrolyte, glucose, uric acid and lipid levels on a regular basis.
    • Before taking Furosemide, inform your doctor if you have
      • Allergy to Furosemide or to sulfonylureas which are used to treat diabetes (e.g. glibenclamide, glipizide)
      • Diabetes mellitus, as Furosemide can increase your sugar levels
    • Furosemide starts to work in half an hour.
    • Avoid taking Furosemide at bedtime as it makes you urinate frequently. Take it at least four hours before going to bed.
    • Furosemide can cause low blood pressure and you may feel dizzy for first few days. 
      • Do not stand up suddenly from a sitting or lying position, you may fall. 
      • Avoid driving or use of any machines that requires you to be alert.

    Frequently asked questions for Furosemide


    Q. How is Furosemide different from Torasemide?
    Both Furosemide and Torasemide are loop diuretics and are used to treat high blood pressure and edema caused by an underlying liver, kidney or lung diseases but Furosemide is also used in the treatment of hypercalcemia (high calcium levels in the blood). However, Torasemide has a long duration of action and is safe to use in patients with renal failure as compared to furosemide.

    Content on this page was last updated on 15 November, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)