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Furosemide

Information

Uses

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

How it works

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

Common side effects

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

Available Medicine

  • ₹2 to ₹65
    Sanofi India Ltd
    5 variant(s)
  • ₹107
    Samarth Life Sciences Pvt Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹4 to ₹6
    Geno Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹2
    Natco Pharma Ltd
    1 variant(s)

Expert advice

  • 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.


Content on this page was last updated on 26 May, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)