This medicine contains the active ingredient furosemide which belongs to a group of medicines called diuretics, also known as water tablets. These medicines cause the kidneys to produce more urine, and in that way they free your body from retaining the amounts of water higher than needed. Furosemide is prescribed for the treatment of oedema (water retention caused by heart failure), hypertension (high blood pressure), and some types of liver and kidney disorders.
Is Furosemide suitable for me?
Furosemide is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic to furosemide or to other ingredients of this medicine
- if you have liver cirrhosis
- if you have sugar intolerance
- if you have kidney problems
- if you are not passing any water
- if you have too little potassium or sodium in your blood
- if you have an illness called ‘Addison's Disease’.
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- have diabetes
- have liver or prostate problems
- have gout
- have diabetes
- are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Furosemide interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Furosemide?
This medicine is available in form of a tablet.
You should take furosemide exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
- The usual dose is 40 or 80 mg taken once a day. For long term kidney problems higher dose may be prescribed, such as up to 1500 mg per day.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Furosemide side effects?
Like all medicines furosemide can cause side effects, including:
- cramp in the calf muscles
- loss of appetite
- increased excretion of urine
- heart problems
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.