When a doctor prescribes furosemide 40 mg to an ailing patient, this means that the patient can be suffering from any of the following health problems: hypertension (high blood pressure), edema, edema caused by CHF or congestive heart failure, renal impairment, hepatic cirrhosis, and nephritic syndrome. Furosemide 40 mg is a very good diuretic that is also used in managing severe hypercalcemia in rehydrating patients. Furosemide 40 mg is also a great therapeutical medicine for those with pulmonary or cerebral edema in which they would need rapid dieresis to treat their edema (in such cases, IV injection is the route of administration).
Lasix, the brand name of furosemide 40 mg, works by preventing the body from absorbing a lot of salt and eliminate the excess water. Thus, furosemide 40 mg is otherwise called the water pill or diuretic drug which causes a patient to create more urine, thereby helping their body get rid of the excess water and salt. This medication is a prescription medication only and you should never use this drug without the proper directions given by a medical professional. This is because if you use this drug without any proper medical directions, you may lose essential electrolytes in your body which can be dangerous for your health. Only use this drug when you have edema issues and have necessary directions from your healthcare provider.
Make sure that you read the important patient information pamphlet that comes with the furosemide medicine. Furosemide 40 mg is normally taken by mouth once or twice a day and it can be taken with or without food. It is best that you take furosemide 40 mg throughout the day, but refrain from taking this medicine before bedtime, because you would have to get up to urinate in the middle of the night.
You should never take furosemide 40 mg tablets if you are not able to urinate. Before taking furosemide 40 mg, you must notify your doctor if you have had in the past the following health issues: kidney disease, liver disease or cirrhosis, high cholesterol, lupus, gout, diabetes, problems with urination, enlarged prostate or if you are allergic to drugs with sulfa content. If you are recommended to take furosemide 40 mg tablets, never take more than that because high doses of this medicine might cause you to have hearing loss that is irreversible. In case you are given a treatment course of furosemide 40 mg tablets for your high blood pressure, you must keep using this medicine even if you are otherwise feeling okay. This is because most of the times, high blood pressure does not show any symptoms until it is too late.
In case you are taking furosemide 40 mg tablets, you must not take aspirin with it because these two will compete for elimination in the urine via the kidneys. Taking furosemide 40 mg tablets and aspirin at the same time may lead to aspirin toxicity. Also, do not combine furosemide with other antihypertensive medicines because it can fatally lower one’s blood pressure or significantly reduce the function of the kidneys.