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) 396 127
Edema in lower extremities 151 73
Congestive heart failure 124 45
Elevated blood pressure 30 20
Water retention 23 11
Liver cirrhosis 21 5

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
12
Moderate
39
Mild
65
None
170

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Furosemide

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Furosemide

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 58
40 mg daily 49
40mg as needed 11
40 mg twice daily 10
80 mg daily 10
20 mg twice 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 44
Course of treatment ended 41
Other 31
Did not seem to work 21
Side effects too severe 19
Personal research 5
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 2
See all 137 patients who've stopped taking Furosemide

Duration

Currently taking Furosemide

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 55
5 - 10 years 44
10 years or more 26

Stopped taking Furosemide

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 23
1 - 6 months 29
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 24
2 - 5 years 24
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 226
Usually 42
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 17
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 113

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) 8
Bumetanide (Bumex) 5
Spironolactone (Aldactone) 2
Amiloride 1
Bumetanide-Amiloride 1

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching to

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31 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

Jul 29, 2017 (Started Aug 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for edema (fluid retention))
  • 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 edema (fluid retention))
  • 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 edema (fluid retention))
  • 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 edema (fluid retention))
  • 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 edema (fluid retention))
  • 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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