Lasix (furosemide) is a prescription "water pill" that helps the body to eliminate the excess of salt and water; it's efficient for such conditions as heart disease or liver disease. Talking to your health care provider before purchasing Lasix is necessary as you need to discuss your general health condition, as well as your personal and family medical history. There may be some illnesses you have been diagnosed with or that run in you family that may prevent you from safely taking Lasix. These conditions include the history of gout, diabetes, kidney or liver disease. If you are prescribed this medicine for the treatment of high blood pressure you will most likely have to take it for the rest of your life, since Lasix does not cure hypertension, only treating it. Your dosage depends on your health condition and the drugs you are taking at the moment. For instance, if you have gout, liver disease, diabetes or kidney disease your health care provider may reconsider your original dosage or recommend an alternative treatment method.
If you are taking any other medicines to treat high blood pressure Lasix should not be taken simultaneously. Your doctor needs to know about any drugs you are taking, even though they are some vitamins, supplements or over-the-counter drugs purchased at the local pharmacy. If you are not sure whether the medicines you are taking may interact with Lasix talk to your pharmacist or carefully read the sections of your medications guide that explain which medicines your drug is not supposed to be combined with. Being pregnant or breastfeeding can be a contraindication for taking this medicine. Your doctor needs to know if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have such plans for the nearest future before you can be prescribed Lasix.