Frusemide Sandoz (Frusemide) is an oral loop diuretic prescribed to treat edema in patients with heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or kidney failure. The medication operates by preventing the absorption of sodium in the kidneys to draw fluid into the bladder so that it may be eliminated through urination. This helps to reduce swelling or puffiness caused by retained water. Your physician may prescribe it to be used along with other medications or to treat other conditions not listed here.
Always swallow your daily doses whole along with a large glass of water. These can be taken on an empty stomach, but a snack or meal is recommended prior to use if you experience any nausea. Increase your fluid intake during the day as the increased elimination of water caused by this medicine can result in dehydration. Never change the form of the tablets by crushing, splitting, chewing, or dissolving their contents in water as this may destroy them or alter their effects by disrupting the timing of release. Your are recommended to take the doses at the same time each day to get the most effective result by keeping a constant level of medication in the system.
While using this medication, you may be directed to schedule regular medical check-ups to make sure you are getting the correct results from treatment. Always attend these consultations to monitor your progress and response to the medication so the correct adjustments can be made to your treatment. These include altering your dosage or application frequency until the best results occur. If you have any questions about the medicine, ask your pharmacist or physician to ensure the correct usage.
Side effects that may occur during treatment include:
- Dizziness or unsteadiness
- Upset stomach, diarrhea, or constipation
- Blurry or disturbed vision
- Skin irritation or rash
More serious health problems that may require medical attention are:
- Intense headache, dizziness, or faintness
- Thinning skin, easier bruising, or increased bleeding
- Unusual swelling or weight gain
- Chest pain, chest tightness, or difficulty breathing
- Irregular heart rate
- Severe skin rash that his blistering or peeling
- Signs of infection (Fever, swollen glands, aches, chills, or sore throat)
- Extreme thirst, heavy sweating, hot or dry skin
- Difficult or halted urination
- Tinnitus (Ringing in the ears or loss of hearing)
- Seizures or convulsions
- Discolored urine or stools
- Jaundice (Yellowing of the eyes or skin)
Inform your physician of any other conditions the patient has that may cause complications with treatment such if he or she is elderly, a premature baby, or has diabetes, gout, difficulty urinating, hepatorenal syndrome, hypotension, low protein levels, or decreased liver or kidney function. These may require reduced dosages or frequency of administration to prevent these problems from occurring.