What is Furosemide?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Lasilactone

Furosemide is used to reduce the swelling and fluid retention caused by various medical problems, including heart or liver disease. It is also used to treat high blood pressure. It causes the kidneys to get rid of unneeded water and salt from the body into the urine.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fluid retention (edema) 415 133
Swelling in lower extremities 173 88
Congestive heart failure 123 42
Elevated blood pressure 30 21
Swelling in feet 27 6

Show all 73 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 15
Moderate 42
Mild 69
None 178

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Furosemide

Side effect Patients Percentage
Frequent urination 33
Low potassium (hypokalemia) 7
Increased urination 6
Dehydration 5
Urinary urgency 5
Dizziness 4

Show all 46 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Furosemide

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg daily 38
40 mg daily 29
40 mg twice daily 9
80 mg daily 8
40mg as needed 6
20mg as needed 4
20 mg twice daily 3
60 mg daily 3
20 mg m,w,f 2
80 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Furosemide

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 50
Course of treatment ended 43
Other 39
Side effects too severe 22
Did not seem to work 20
Personal research 7
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 2
See all 154 patients who've stopped taking Furosemide

Duration

Currently taking Furosemide

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 38
5 - 10 years 36
10 years or more 24

Stopped taking Furosemide

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 25
1 - 6 months 34
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 240
Usually 46
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 16
A little hard to take 49
Not at all hard to take 235
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 182
Not specified 116

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Furosemide after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ (Hydrochlorot) 4
Acetazolamide (Diamox) 2
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 2
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 1
Bumetanide (Bumex) 1

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Furosemide and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Torsemide (Demadex) 7
Bumetanide (Bumex) 5
Hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ (Hydrochlorot) 2
Spironolactone (Aldactone) 2
Bumetanide-Amiloride 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

30 patient evaluations for Furosemide

Apr 6, 2018 (Started Feb 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for swelling in lower extremities)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high blood pressure (hypertension))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pulmonary edema)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Every other day

Aug 24, 2017 (Started Feb 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high blood pressure (hypertension))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for swelling in lower extremities)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Twice daily

Aug 26, 2016 (Started Feb 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high blood pressure (hypertension))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for swelling in lower extremities)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 29, 2017 (Started Aug 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fluid retention (edema))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: taking 80 mg once a day works fine for me.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 3, 2016 (Started Aug 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fluid retention (edema))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: continues to work well
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 18, 2015 (Started Aug 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fluid retention (edema))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: A very fast acting and most effective means to eliminate excess water from one's system.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 24, 2012 (Started Aug 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fluid retention (edema))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Taking all 80 mg's in the morning is much more effective than spreading the dosages over the whole day, plus this frees you from bathroom patrol, for part of the evening.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 28, 2011 (Started Aug 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fluid retention (edema))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This is the generic for Lassic, both of which work great.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 15, 2014 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for congestive heart failure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 160 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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