These days, there are many people all over the world who are diagnosed and/or suffering with edema-induced hypertension or congestive heart failure (CHF). Congestive heart failure is a medical condition wherein one’s heart is unable to pump adequately in order for the body to function properly. Many diseases can contribute to the impairment of the heart’s pumping activity, which results to congestive heart failure. Symptoms of congestive heart failure vary from one person to another, but the most common symptoms include: shortness of breath, fatigue, reduced capacity for exercise and edema (swelling). Treatment of congestive heart failure includes lifestyle changes, heart transplant, exercise therapy and medications such as furosemide 40 mg.
Furosemide 40 mg is mainly ideal for patients who have both edema and hypertension. Furosemide 40 mg is actually the very first medication that every doctor will recommend for patients who acquire edema because of congestive heart failure. Furosemide 40 mg can also be taken by patients who have renal impairment, hepatic cirrhosis, nephrotic syndrome, pulmonary edema, cerebral edema, and as a combination therapy with rehydration for those with severe hypercalcemia.
You can find furosemide 40 mg tablets available in any pharmacy, and the other dose available is 20 mg. Furosemide 40 mg is basically a drug that is classified as a diuretic. The kidneys filter the bloodstream of its waste products, sodium, potassium and water. However, almost all of the filtered water and salts are reabsorbed by the bloodstream. The action of furosemide 40 mg is that it blocks the sodium from being reabsorbed by the bloodstream, which then prevents the reabsorption of water, resulting to a more frequent incidence of passing urine than one usually does. Furosemide 40 mg is highly popular as a treatment for edema patients who have heart failure, or other liver and/or kidney diseases. Furosemide 40 mg can also be a good medicine for patients who suffer from oliguria, a kidney disease in which the body can manage to produce only a very scant amount of urine.
Should you take furosemide 40 mg, you need to know a few things about it. Do not take furosemide 40 mg or 20 mg if you are:
- Have low blood pressure
- Have severe kidney damage
- Are dehydrated
- Are breastfeeding
- Are allergic to furosemide or any other diuretic
- Have hepatic cirrhosis or liver failure
Just like any other medicine, furosemide 40 mg can cause you undesirable side effects. In case you develop side effects, contact your doctor as soon as possible or go to a clinic right away. Certain side effects include:
- Severe allergic reactions such as swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, difficulty swallowing or breathing, development of skin rashes, itching, peeling skin, dermatitis, photosensitivity of skin
- Blood vessel inflammation (vasculitis) or kidney inflammation
- Development of blood clots
- Bone marrow depression
- Aplastic anemia
- Low blood volume
- Increased blood urea and creatinine
If your doctor prescribed you to take furosemide 40 mg, you need to take this medicine by mouth with or without food. It is up to your doctor to recommend whether you take this medicine only once or two times a day. It is advisable that you take this drug within 4 hours before bedtime in order for you to not get up just to urinate at night.