Furomide MD

1 What is Furomide MD?

Brand: Furomide MD, Lasix

Generic: Furosemide injection

Furomide MD is used for the treatment of fluid retention or edema and swelling which can be caused by chronic liver disease, congestive heart failure or chronic kidney disease. Furosemide is a loop diuretic, which means that it removes the excess water from the body. They are also called “water pills” because they act on the kidney tubules and increase the urine output.

This drug can only be given under the direct supervision of a healthcare provider. This product is available in the two dosage forms:

  • Injection
  • Solution

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Furomide MD, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it.

Each medication has a tendency to cause side effects. So, the benefits of a drug should always be weighed against its associated risks. Your doctor will consider these risks before prescribing the drug and will inform you about them. Following factors should be considered before taking this drug:

Allergies:

If you have had an allergic reaction to this drug in the past, inform your doctor. You should also tell your healthcare provider if you are allergic to any other drugs or food products.

Age specific problems:

The data regarding the effects of this medicine specific to the pediatric age group reveals no harmful effect to the children; however premature babies are more at risk of having unwanted effects. The studies specific to the geriatric age group have not revealed any adverse effect specific to the elderly people.

Pregnancy:

Regarding the safety of usage of this drug during pregnancy, it comes under “C” category, which means that clinical studies show harmful effects to the developing fetus or appropriate studies have not been performed. 

Drug Interactions:

Certain drugs should not be used together because they can interact inside the body which can have a harmful effect. On the other hand certain drugs are allowed to be used together. So, you should tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking. If there is a chance of interaction between those two drugs, the doctor may change the dose or may prescribe an alternative drug.

The use of furosemide along with following medications is not recommended.

  • Arsenic Trioxide
  • Bepridil
  • Chloral Hydrate
  • Amikacin
  • Cisplatin
  • Dofetilide
  • Dasabuvir
  • Digitoxin
  • Foscarnet
  • Droperidol
  • Kanamycin
  • Ketanserin
  • Ethacrynic Acid
  • Gentamicin
  • Levomethadyl
  • Neomycin
  • Netilmicin
  • Lithium
  • Metolazone
  • Sotalol
  • Vasopressin
  • Streptomycin
  • Tobramycin

Using this medication with following drugs may have an increased risk of certain side effects, therefore these should be used with caution:

  • Acemetacin
  • Aceclofenac
  • Alacepril
  • Aspirin
  • Aliskiren
  • Amtolmetin Guacil
  • Benazepril
  • Captopril
  • Bromfenac
  • Bufexamac
  • Carbamazepine
  • Choline Salicylate
  • Celecoxib
  • Cephaloridine
  • Cilazapril
  • Clofibrate
  • Clonixin
  • Cyclosporine
  • Dibekacin
  • Delapril
  • Dexibuprofen
  • Dexketoprofen
  • Diclofenac
  • Diflunisal
  • Digoxin
  • Enalapril
  • Dipyrone
  • Droxicam
  • Enalaprilat
  • Etodolac
  • Fenoprofen
  • Etofenamate
  • Etoricoxib
  • Floctafenine
  • Felbinac
  • Fepradinol
  • Feprazone
  • Flurbiprofen
  • Fludrocortisone
  • Flufenamic Acid
  • Fosinopril
  • Gossypol
  • Germanium
  • Imidapril
  • Ginseng
  • Ibuprofen
  • Ibuprofen Lysine
  • Indomethacin
  • Ketoprofen
  • Ketorolac
  • Licorice
  • Lisinopril
  • Lornoxicam
  • Loxoprofen
  • Lumiracoxib
  • Meclofenamate
  • Meloxicam
  • Mefenamic Acid
  • Moexipril
  • Niflumic Acid
  • Morniflumate
  • Oxaprozin
  • Nabumetone
  • Naproxen
  • Nepafenac
  • Nimesulide
  • Pancuronium
  • Oxyphenbutazone
  • Parecoxib
  • Pentopril
  • Perindopril
  • Phenylbutazone
  • Piketoprofen
  • Piroxicam
  • Proglumetacin
  • Proquazone
  • Propionic Acid
  • Propyphenazone
  • Quinapril
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Ramipril
  • Rofecoxib
  • Salsalate
  • Sulindac
  • Sodium Salicylate
  • Spirapril
  • Tiaprofenic Acid
  • Temocapril
  • Trandolapril
  • Tenoxicam
  • Tolfenamic Acid
  • Tolmetin
  • Zofenopril
  • Tubocurarine
  • Valdecoxib
  • Vecuronium

Furthermore, certain medications should not be taken with alcohol or tobacco, which may also result in harmful interactions. Ask your doctor about the concurrent use of this drug along with alcohol or tobacco.

You should also inform your doctor about any other medical condition you may be suffering from especially:

  • Dehydration
  • Allergy to sulfa drugs
  • Anemia
  • Bladder problem with urinating
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hyperuricemia (high levels uric acid in the blood)
  • Gout
  • Hearing problems
  • Hypocalcemia (low calcium level in the blood)
  • Hypochloremic alkalosis (low chlorine in the blood)
  • Hypokalemia (low potassium in the blood)
  • Hypomagnesemia (low magnesium in the blood)
  • Hyponatremia (low sodium in the blood)
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Liver disease, severe (e.g., cirrhosis)
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or
  • Anuria (not able to pass urine)
  • Hypoproteinemia
  • Radiocontrast nephropathy (kidney problem)
  • Kidney disease, severe—Use with caution. The effects may be increased because of slower removal of the medicine from the body.
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3 Proper Usage

Furomide MD is used in injection form only in a hospital setting. It should only be administered by a trained nurse or a healthcare provider.

Furosemide is usually given as a shot in muscle or in a vein.

This drug is usually given through injection route first and then you are switched to the oral tablets if your condition improves. If you have any concerns about the usage of this drug, talk to your healthcare provider.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Furomide MD, there are some precautions you must take.

Usage of this medication in pregnancy may lead to a condition of fetus called macrosomia. It means that your baby can be bigger than the normal baby for that gestational age. Therefore tell your doctor if you are pregnant.

When you are on this medication, do not get up suddenly because you may get dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting. Get up slowly and steadily where you can.

Regular follow-up is necessary during and after the treatment. It is important to allow your doctor to monitor your progress and to make sure that there aren’t any side effects from the medication. Contact your doctor if your symptoms have not improved even after taking the full course of treatment. The doctor may order some blood tests in order to determine the blood levels of the drug.

This medication may lead to hypokalemia, especially in people with liver disease. Tell your doctor right away if you become sick while on this medication. Drink lots of fluid in order to avoid dehydration.

Avoid taking any other medicine unless you have thoroughly discusses with your doctor. Tell your doctor right away if you feel anything unwanted or disturbing while using this medicine.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Furomide MD. Although these side effects may occur only in a handful of patients but if they do occur, contact your physician immediately.

This medication is associated with following side effects:

  • chills
  • general feeling of tiredness or weakness
  • cough or hoarseness
  • Chest pain
  • fever
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • lower back or side pain
  • painful or difficult urination
  • shortness of breath
  • tightness in the chest
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
  • swollen or painful glands
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • wheezing
  • Back or leg pains
  • black, tarry stools
  • bladder spasm
  • blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • cold sweats
  • blurred vision
  • clay-colored stools
  • continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
  • confusion
  • constipation
  • coughing up blood
  • diarrhea
  • fast heartbeat
  • dry mouth
  • fruit-like breath odor
  • fever with or without chills
  • flushed, dry skin
  • hearing loss
  • increased hunger or thirst
  • increased or decreased urination
  • indigestion
  • itching
  • pain where a shot was given
  • joint stiffness or swelling
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea or vomiting
  • nosebleeds
  • pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
  • pale skin
  • pinpoint red spots on the skin
  • skin rash
  • red, irritated eyes
  • scaly skin
  • yellow eyes or skin
  • sweating
  • troubled breathing with exertion
  • unusual weight loss

Seek medical help instantly, if you experience any of these symptoms while on this medication. Also contact your healthcare professional immediately, if have overdosed on this drug.

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