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Lasix contains Frusemide as the active ingredient which belongs to a class of drugs called diuretics. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions. Frusemide works by helping your body get rid of excess salt and water. It does this by increasing the amount of urine your body makes. This helps lower your blood pressure as well as reduce swelling.
Lasix is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). It is also used to treat edema. This is swelling due to fluid buildup in the body. Edema can be caused by other medical conditions such as heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver, or kidney disease. Lasix may be used as part of a combination therapy to treat high blood pressure. This means you may need to take it with other medications.
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Common Side effects are : nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, stomach cramping, feeling like you or the room is spinning (vertigo), dizziness, headache, blurred vision, itching or rash. If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Serious Side effects : Excessive loss of water and electrolytes, Low levels of thyroid hormones, Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), Liver damage, Hearing loss or ringing in your ears (can be temporary or permanent), Blistering or peeling skin