What You Need to Know about IV Lasix

October 14, 2015

IV Lasix is a medication that is mainly called as a diuretic agent (much similar to a “water pill”).  IV Lasix aids your body to get rid of the excess water by means of increasing the amount of urine you excrete.  When your body is rid of the excess water, the strain on your blood vessels and heart will be much significantly reduced, thus lowering your rather high blood pressure and helping you to reduce the incidences of heart attacks, kidney issues and strokes.  In some patients, the effect of IV Lasix can help them feel much better from swelling (edema) and troubled breathing. IV Lasix can also be used to lower the calcium content in the blood (hypercalcemia).  IV Lasix (injection) is one form of furosemide aside from of oral tablets and oral solutions.

IV Lasix is a medicine that is administered via injection slowly into a vein or muscle, depending on the doctor’s instructions.  The dosage of IV Lasix used on you will depend on your age, past and present medical history, and your response and tolerance to the treatment.  The dosage of IV Lasix in children will also be based on their weight.

If you are administering IV Lasix on yourself at home, then you better be well equipped with the knowledge, tools and usage instructions from your doctor.  Prior to taking IV Lasix, you ought to check it for discoloration or presence of particles.  If you see such discrepancies or contamination, you must not use the liquid.  Read and remember how to properly store and throw away medical supplies in a safe manner.

While IV Lasix can help relieve you from excess water in your body, it can give you side effects as well.  Side effects from taking IV Lasix include blurred vision, stomach upset, appetite loss, constipation, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, or lightheadedness.  If any of these side effects continue or become worse, stop taking IV Lasix and tell your doctor immediately to help you determine what to do next.

Take note that IV Lasix may be prescribed by your doctor because he may have determined that the benefits you will get are greater than the side effects you may suffer.  In fact, a lot of people who have IV Lasix do not suffer from any serious side effects.

IV Lasix is fairly easy to administer by yourself, but make sure that if you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.  However, if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the one you missed. Never take double doses of IV Lasix just to make up for the one dose you missed.

Remember that IV Lasix, if used improperly, can result to an excessive loss of body water and minerals, leading to dehydration, which, if left unchecked, can become quite life threatening.  Take note of these symptoms and notify your doctor as soon as possible should you experience them as these are indicators of dehydration: weakness, muscle cramping, confusion, drowsiness, severe dizzy spells, nausea or vomiting, unusual increased feeling of thirst, unusual drying of mouth, irregular or abnormally fast heartbeat, fainting spells, incidence of seizures, or the unusual lowered amount of urine when urinating.