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
Edema (fluid retention) 400 124
Edema in lower extremities 153 76
Congestive heart failure 125 45
Elevated blood pressure 30 21
Water retention 23 11
Liver cirrhosis 21 5

Show all 79 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
Severe
13
Moderate
41
Mild
66
None
167

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Furosemide

Side effect Patients
Frequent urination 31
Increased urination 6
Low potassium (hypokalemia) 6
Dehydration 5
Dizziness 4
Dry mouth 4

Show all 61 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Furosemide

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 58
40 mg daily 45
40mg as needed 11
40 mg twice daily 10
20 mg twice daily 7
80 mg daily 7
20mg as needed 5
80 mg twice daily 4
10 mg daily 2
60 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Furosemide

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 47
Course of treatment ended 41
Other 32
Did not seem to work 22
Side effects too severe 20
Personal research 5
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 2
See all 141 patients who've stopped taking Furosemide

Duration

Currently taking Furosemide

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 24
2 - 5 years 52
5 - 10 years 38
10 years or more 23

Stopped taking Furosemide

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 23
1 - 6 months 30
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 24
2 - 5 years 24
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 225
Usually 44
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 46
Not at all hard to take 219
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 168
Not specified 114

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Furosemide after stopping:

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

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Furosemide and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Torsemide (Demadex) 9
Bumetanide (Bumex) 5
Hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ (Hydrochlorot) 2
Spironolactone (Aldactone) 2
Amiloride 1

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

30 patient evaluations for Furosemide

Aug 24, 2017 (Started Feb 15, 2015)

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

  • 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

Oct 22, 2013 (Started Nov 29, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for edema in feet)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: blood pressure decreased, frequent urination

Jan 18, 2013 (Started Nov 29, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for edema in feet)
  • Side effects
    Mild (blood pressure decreased, frequent urination)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: blood pressure decreased, frequent urination

Jun 11, 2010 (Started Nov 29, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for edema in feet)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for ankle edema)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: blood pressure decreased, frequent urination

Dec 4, 2008 (Started Nov 29, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    Mild (blood pressure decreased, frequent urination)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Side effects: blood pressure decreased, frequent urination

  • 0 helpful marks
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