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16.02 Furosemide (Lasix)

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Generic Name

Furosemide

Trade Name

Lasix

Indication

Edema, hypertension

Action

Prevents reabsorption of sodium and chloride in the kidneys, increase excretion of
water, sodium, chloride, magnesium, potassium

Therapeutic Class

Diuretics

Pharmacologic Class

Loop diuretics

Nursing Considerations

• Use caution with liver disease
• May cause hypotension, dry mouth, excessive urination, dehydration,
electrolyte abnormalities, metabolic alkalosis
• Hypokalemia may lead to increase risk of digoxin toxicity
• Monitor renal panel
• Use caution with other antihypertensives
• Causes arthritic symptoms/do not administer with aminoglycosides due to
ototoxicity

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