Furosemide is a medicational treatment that’s used in order to help lower the amount of extra fluid in a persons body. This is a condition called edema and it’s caused by problems like heart failure, liver disease, as well as kidney disease. When the amount of extra fluid in the body due to these conditions is lowered, it helps to lower the severity of symptoms such as shortness of breath, swelling in the arms, legs and the abdomen.
In addition to the above, Furosemide is also used in order to help people who suffer from high blood pressure problems. There are any number of reasons why a person might have high blood pressure, but in some instances trying to do things to lower it naturally just might not be effective or as effective as a persons needs. So Furosemide helps to lower it and in the process can keep away serious health problems as a result.
Some of these health problems would include strokes, heart attacks as well as kidney problems. Any one of these can lead to a person not being able to live a regular life or being over dependent on a number of other treatments they may struggle to afford.
Furosemide is also a water pill, which is a diuretic. This means when taken it helps a person to urinate more than they would usually do. As a result excess water and salt are eliminated in the process.
Some other uses for this drug would include it being able to help lower the amount of calcium in a persons blood. This is a condition called hypercalcemia.
If a person ends up getting a prescription for Furosemide, then what are some of the common, minor side effects they might be at risk for?
Blurred vision may occur as your body adjusts to the medication
These are side effects that although some people will experience, they shouldn’t last a long time. If you find any of these symptoms lasts longer than they should, then you need to report them to a doctor or a pharmacist. Also, it’s possible to reduce the severity of certain symptoms such as dizziness and lightheadedness. One way to do this would be to take your time getting up when you get up from sitting down or lying down.
What are some of the more serious side effects a person puts themselves at risk for if they take this medicational treatment?
Furosemide can cause a serious amount of water loss (dehydration) and salt/minerals
Unusual dry mouth/thirst
Unusual decrease in the amount of urine
Numbness/tingling/pain/redness/swelling of the arms/legs
Hearing changes (such as ringing in the ears
Temporary or permanent decreased hearing/deafness)
Serious allergic reactions
The above isn’t a comprehensive list of potential side effects a person might suffer from. If you notice that you have any other problems while on this medication, then getting in contact with a doctor is a must. If you can’t reach your doctor, then speaking with a phamacist is the next best option.