Use Furosemide as a generic alternative to Lasix or Salix. This medication can help to relieve excess fluid accumulation in the body when used as directed by your veterinarian.
What is Furosemide?This is an oral tablet that works as a diuretic in order to help to remove excess fluid from the body when additional fluid develops in the body as a result of heart disease, fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema), kidney disease, and liver disease. It is also sometimes used to manage hypertension (high blood pressure).
What are the benefits of Furosemide?
- Generic option that works well.
- Helps to remove extra fluid from the body due to a variety of medical conditions.
- Can give as a tablet by mouth (orally).
dogs and cats can take Furosemide. How is this medication given?
Give tablet(s) with or without food by mouth according to your veterinarian’s precise instructions.
Your pet should have water available at all times while taking this medication.
If you are unsure of how to give Furosemide correctly, contact your veterinarian. How does this medication work?
Furosemide is a diuretic. Diuretics stop the absorption of salt and fluid in the kidney tubules. This causes increased urine output so that excess fluid can be effectively removed from the body. What results can I expect?
Furosemide is not a cure but it can help to improve your pet’s clinical symptoms and help him/her to feel better. Furosemide works quickly but only works for a few hours after each dose so if needs to be given at regular intervals in order to maintain its effects. What form(s) does Furosemide come in?
This is an oral tablet. Generic Name:
Furosemide (Common Drug Name) Common Brand Name:
Lasix (Aventis), Salix (Paytheon) Dose and Administration:
Lasix is an oral medication that is given by mouth with or without food as directed. Offer water at all times while your pet is on this medication.
The dose, frequency, and duration of use will be determined by your veterinarian.
If a dose is missed, you can give it as soon as you remember but never double dose. Furosemide should be given only to the pet it has been prescribed for. Uses:
This medication is used when excess fluid needs to be removed from the body as a result of congestive heart failure, kidney failure, liver failure, and other medical conditions. It may also be prescribed to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). Possible Side Effects:
Side effects can be minimized if your pet eats and drinks normally. Dehydration with excessive thirst and increased or decreased urine production are possible. Other side effects may occur.
Furosemide can cause hearing or balance problems in cats.
An allergy to Furosemide can occur but it is uncommon.
If your pet seems sick in any way while taking Furosemide, call your veterinarian immediately. Drug and Food Interactions:
Corticosteroids, amphotericin B, and some aminoslycoside antibiotics may interact with Furosemide. Other interactions are possible. Always tell your veterinarian about other medications and supplements your pet is taking. Precautions:
Pets who are allergic to Furosemide or other sulfa drugs should not take this medication.
Furosemide should be used with extreme caution in pets with kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, and anuria (inability to produce urine) only under the supervision of your veterinarian. Other precautions may be necessary.
The safety in pregnant or lactating animals has not been determined. Storage:
Store at room temperature out of reach from children and pets. A prescription from your veterinarian is required to purchase Furosemide.