Furosemide and Alcohol
Furosemide which is sold under the brand name Lasix is a loop diuretic or water pill that stops your body from absorbing too much salt and allows the salt to be transferred in your urine. It functions by preventing fluid retention in patients with congestive heart failure, liver disease or a specific kidney disorder such as nephritic syndrome. It is also used to treat high blood pressure.
It is suggested that moderate consumption of alcohol is acceptable but that you discuss this with your physician.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Do not use this drug if you have difficulty urinating. Do not use tanning beds while using Furosemide as it will make you light sensitive.
Before starting this drug advise your physician if you have kidney disease, liver disease, gout, lupus, diabetes or an allergy to sulfa drugs or any other drugs or substances, if you are pregnant, plan to become so or are breast feeding.
Less serious side effects are diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, headache, numbness, burning, pain, tingling, dizziness or blurred vision. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are allergic reactions such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat, dry mouth, thirst, nausea, vomiting, feeling weak, drowsy, restless, lightheaded, uneven heartbeat, muscle pain or weakness, changes in urination, easy bruising or bleeding, red blistering skin rash, hearing loss, severe nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools or jaundice. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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