Medicine classifies the drug Lasix to diuretic drugs, designed to have a diuretic effect and reduce edema. This tool has received good reviews of patients, due to its speed and ability to excrete calcium, potassium and magnesium from the body. And the introduction of the drug intramuscularly or intravenously allows you to quickly reduce blood pressure, swelling of the lungs, as well as pressure in the left ventricle of the heart. With the features of taking the drug Lasix, the instruction on the application will acquaint all who wish in this publication.
The medicine is given in the form of tablets or as a solution for injections. The active substance of the drug Lasix is a component of furosemide, which in one tablet contains 40 mg. Auxiliary substances here are: talc, starch, lactose, magnesium stearate and colloidal dioxide. When the agent is administered intramuscularly, the diuretic effect appears after 5 minutes, reaching its maximum after half an hour and lasting approximately 2 hours. Taking the drug in tablets causes a diuretic effect within an hour, and the maximum effect is observed after 2 hours. The action of the drug in this case lasts about 7 hours.
Dosage and indications
Instruction for use advises to take Lasix in case of edematic syndromes, which appear in hepatic, renal, and heart diseases, with forced diuresis, pre-eclampsia of pregnant women and with burn disease. In complex therapy, this drug is used for edema of the brain or arterial hypertension.
As for taking the drug and its dosages, often Lasix is taken exactly in tablets, and only if taking the medicine inside is not possible, it is injected intramuscularly or intravenously, sprayed for 1.5-2 minutes. Lasix tablets should be taken without chewing, on an empty stomach, and wash down with water if necessary. The maximum daily dose for adults should not exceed 700 mg, and for children – not more than 40 mg per day. So, with edematous syndrome, adults are recommended to take the drug at a dosage of 20-80 mg / day. And the daily dose is better divided into two doses. Children take this drug at the rate of 2 mg per 1 kg of body weight. Treatment of hypertension involves taking Lasix 40 mg twice a day. In the absence of a therapeutic effect, the physician additionally prescribes other anti-hypertension medications.
Warning about the side effects of the drug Lasix, the instruction for use suggests a possible decrease in circulating blood with prolonged use of the drug, which can cause thickening of the blood and lead to thrombosis. In addition, the use of medication often causes a violation of the biochemical properties of the blood, that is, increases in creatine, triglycerides, uric acid and cholesterol. In addition, the use of Lasix can lead to a deficiency of sodium, potassium, chlorine and calcium in the body. According to the doctors, this medication can cause allergic reactions, agranulocytosis, thrombocytopenia, eosinophilia and leukopenia.
It should be noted that the preparation of Lasix is contraindicated in the case of an imbalance in electrolytes, anuria, renal coma, and a shortage of circulating blood. In addition, the described agent is contraindicated in case of intolerance to furosemide and other substances of the preparation. Lasix is also contraindicated for children under 12 years, with lactation or during pregnancy.