Lasix is the brand name of Furosemide, one of the most commonly prescribed diuretics used for the treatment of edema, swelling, heart failure, liver, kidney and other diseases by increased production of urine. In some cases, due to the properties of the diuretic, furosemide pills are used for weight loss. The therapeutic effectiveness of this medication has been confirmed by data reported in clinical trials. In most cases, furosemide is used as one of the primary components involved in the complex therapy for essential hypertension. Characteristics of furosemide and forms of release Furosemide is also the active substance of Lasix and belongs to the pharmacological group of loop diuretics. This pharmacological group aims to remove from the body an increased amount of water due to a decrease in the reabsorption of sodium and chloride in the special structure of the renal nephron-the loop of Henle. Moreover, with Lasix treatment, there is increased bodily excretion of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Nephrotoxicity is one of the most common kidney problems and occurs when your body is exposed to a drug or toxin that causes damage to your kidneys. When kidney damage occurs, you are unable to rid your body of excess urine, and wastes. Your blood electrolytes (such as potassium, and magnesium) will all become elevated. Nephrotoxicity can be temporary with a temporary elevation of lab values (BUN and/or creatinine). If these levels are elevated, these may be due to a temporary condition such as dehydration or you may be developing renal (kidney failure). If the cause of the increased BUN and/or creatinine levels is determined early, and your healthcare provider implements the appropriate intervention, permanent kidney problems may be avoided. Nephrotoxicity may also be referred to as renal toxicity. Lab Work: Your BUN reflects the amount of nitrogen that is present in your body in the form of a waste product called urea.
Furosemide is a strong diuretic ('water pill') and may cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. It is important that you take it exactly as told by your doctor. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: decreased urination; dry mouth; thirst; nausea; vomiting; weakness; drowsiness; confusion; muscle pain or cramps; or rapid or pounding heartbeats. Furosemide is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Furosemide is used to treat edema (fluid retention; excess fluid held in body tissues) caused by various medical problems, including heart, kidney, and liver disease. Furosemide is in a class of medications called diuretics ('water pills'). It works by causing the kidneys to get rid of unneeded water and salt from the body into the urine. Furosemide belongs to the class of medications called diuretics. It is used to treat edema (fluid retention) that occurs with congestive heart failure and disorders of the liver, kidney, and lung. It is also used to control mild to moderate high blood pressure. It may be used in combination with other medications to treat more severe high blood pressure. Furosemide works by increasing the amount of urine produced and excreted, and by removing excessive water (edema) from the body. The tablet form begins to work within an hour of being taken and usually lasts for 4 to 6 hours. The injectable form begins to work within ½ hour and lasts approximately 2 hours.
Anaesthesia. 2010 Mar;653283-93. doi 10.1111/j.1365-2044.2009.06228.x. Epub 2010 Jan 19. Benefits and risks of furosemide in acute kidney injury. Learn more about Lasix Diuretic also known as furosemide. therapy for edema with chronic kidney failure, nephrotic syndrome, and hepatic pathologies.