Lasix Injection

Lasix Injection

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Introduction

Lasix Injection belongs to a group of medicines called diuretics. It is used for the emergency treatment of very high blood pressure (hypertensive crisis), as it reduces the blood pressure immediately. It also rapidly reduces the swelling (edema) caused by too much water in the body.

Lasix Injection helps your body get rid of extra water and salt through urine. It is commonly used to treat people with excess fluid build-up due to heart failure, liver or kidney disease. It is injected into a vein under the supervision of a doctor. Your doctor may monitor your blood pressure after giving this medicine.

Common side effects of this medicine include dizziness, weakness, dehydration, decreased potassium level in blood, increased blood uric acid, decreased magnesium level in blood, and increased thirst. These are usually mild and disappear after a short time. Consult your doctor if they bother you or do not go away.

Before taking this medicine, let your doctor know if you have any liver problems. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also consult their doctor before taking it. Regular monitoring of kidney function tests and electrolyte levels is important while using this medicine.

It may reduce the potassium level in your blood so your doctor may ask you to add potassium-rich foods to your diet (such as bananas, coconut water, etc.) or prescribe supplements. Any medication that is advised by your doctor for the long-term treatment of your underlying condition should be continued even after this emergency injection.

Uses of Lasix Injection

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Edema

Benefits of Lasix Injection

In Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Lasix Injection prevents your body from absorbing too much salt and allows the salt to be removed in your urine instead. It also helps get rid of excess water. This helps to lower your blood pressure and makes it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body. When your blood pressure is lower, you are less at risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. You should make appropriate lifestyle changes to help this medicine be effective and you need to take it as prescribed.

In Edema

Lasix Injection works by increasing the amount of urine produced. This helps your body get rid of extra water thereby relieving symptoms such as shortness of breath and swelling in your arms, legs, or abdomen. This will help you go about your daily activities more easily and make you more confident about being active. Lasix Injection is given as an injection by a doctor in the dose and duration that is best for you. This medicine should not be self-administered. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully and make appropriate lifestyle changes to help this medicine be effective.

 

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Side effects of Lasix Injection

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Lasix

  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Dehydration
  • Decreased potassium level in blood
  • Increased blood uric acid
  • Decreased magnesium level in blood
  • Increased thirst

How to use Lasix Injection

Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.

How Lasix Injection works

Lasix Injection is a diuretic. It removes extra water and certain electrolytes from the body by increasing the amount of urine produced.

Safety Advice

Alcohol

UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Lasix Injection.

Pregnancy

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Lasix Injection may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.

Breastfeeding

SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Lasix Injection is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.

Driving

UNSAFE
Lasix Injection may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.

Kidney

SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Lasix Injection is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Lasix Injection is recommended.
However, use of Lasix Injection is not recommended in severe kidney disease patients who are unable to pass urine or the kidney damage is due to some medicines. Please inform your doctor.

Liver

CAUTION
Lasix Injection should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Lasix Injection may be needed. Please consult your doctor.