What is Furosemide?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Lasix Frusemide Mylan-Furosemide Show all

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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) 371 116
Edema in lower extremities 137 63
CHF (Congestive heart failure) 114 40
Elevated blood pressure 28 20
Water retention 21 10
Cirrhosis of Liver 20 5

Show all 85 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 10
Moderate 35
Mild 58
None 162

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Furosemide

Side effect Patients
Frequent urination 25
Increased urination 6
Low potassium (hypokalemia) 6
Dizziness 4
Dry mouth 4
Dehydration 3

Show all 58 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Furosemide

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 59
40 mg daily 41
20mg as needed 10
80 mg daily 8
40mg as needed 8
40 mg twice daily 7
80 mg twice daily 6
20 mg twice daily 4
20 mg m,w,f 2
10 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Furosemide

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 42
Course of treatment ended 40
Other 30
Did not seem to work 20
Side effects too severe 17
Personal research 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 2
See all 130 patients who’ve stopped taking Furosemide

Duration

Currently taking Furosemide

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 27
2 - 5 years 47
5 - 10 years 43
10 years or more 21

Stopped taking Furosemide

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 21
1 - 6 months 28
6 months - 1 year 23
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 22
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 215
Usually 36
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 13
A little hard to take 41
Not at all hard to take 209
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 154
Not specified 107

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Furosemide after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ (Hydrochlorot) 4
Acetazolamide (Diamox) 1
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 1
Bumetanide (Bumex) 1
Chlorthalidone (Chlorthal) 1

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Furosemide and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Torsemide (Demadex) 7
Bumetanide (Bumex) 5
Amiloride 1
Chlorthalidone (Chlorthal) 1
Furosemide (Lasix) 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching to

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31 patient evaluations for Furosemide

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firefly84
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firefly84
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 32
Condition: Autonomic Neuropathy 26 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Autonomic Neuropathy

See firefly84's full Furosemide history

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
thjuland
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thjuland
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

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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
Santa 1
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Santa 1
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 62y
  • Organ: Kidney
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
  1. Kidney : 17y Transplanted
I have:
Kidney Transplant

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May 15, 2014 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for CHF (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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