Full instructions, dosage information and potential known side effects are all available in the leaflet that comes with the prescription product. If you require any advice or assistance with placing your order, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact our team.
How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Furosemide exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Furosemide must be taken regularly for it to work well. Continue taking Furosemide even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by your doctor.
You may take Furosemide with or without food. If you experience stomach discomfort with Furosemide, take it with food. Try to take it at the same time each day.
You may need to pass urine more often while being treated with Furosemide. Take Furosemide early in the day. If your doctor has told you to take it twice a day, take the last dose in the late afternoon. This will avoid disturbing your sleep at night.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or if you become pregnant while being treated with Furosemide. Do not breastfeed while being treated with Furosemide.
Alert your doctor if you are allergic to sulfur medicines.
If you are going for an operation, including minor surgery and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking Furosemide.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have liver, kidney or prostate disease, or if you have diabetes or gout.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Your doctor may give you some potassium tablets while you are being treated with Furosemide. Alternatively, he may ask you to take more potassium-rich food such as bananas, prunes or orange juice.
Why do I need this medicine?
Furosemide is used to treat water retention caused by heart failure, kidney or liver disease. Water retention may be noticed as swelling of the feet, ankles, lower leg and hands. For this reason, it is commonly called a "water pill".
Furosemide also helps to keep your blood pressure under control.
What side effects could I experience?
Furosemide may cause muscle weakness, dizziness or drowsiness. If you are affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert. Furosemide may make you dizzy when you get up from a sitting or lying down position. To minimise this problem, stand up slowly.
You may need to pass urine more often while you are being treated with Furosemide. This urination effect may last for up to 6 hours after a dose. As your body adjusts to the medicine, this urination effect should also decrease.
Furosemide may also make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and UV lamps.
Some side effects may be serious although they are not common. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience:
- hearing problems such as loss of hearing, ringing or buzzing sounds in the ear
- fainting or mental confusion
- prolonged or worsening muscle weakness, dizziness or drowsiness
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- medicines for high blood pressure or heart disease, especially digoxin
- cholesterol medicines
- diabetes medicines
- antibiotics such as cefalexin
- a mood medicine known as lithium
- a gout medicine called probenecid
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.