Mild Furosemide side effects

Mild Furosemide side effects include:

  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • stomach pain
  • dizziness
  • mild itching or rash

Severe side effects of Furosemide

Severe Furosemide side effects require immediate termination of drug usage and urgent medical attention.

Severe adverse effects include:

  • serious allergic reactions, such as breathing problems
  • hives or swelling
  • ringing in your ears
  • loss of hearing, itching
  • appetite loss
  • dark urine
  • black stools
  • yellowing of your eyes or skin (jaundice)
  • severe stomach pain spreading to your back
  • nausea and vomiting
  • rapid weight gain
  • weight loss
  • body aches
  • numbness
  • less urination or lack of urination
  • chest pain
  • new or worsening cough
  • fever
  • pale skin
  • bruising
  • unusual bleeding
  • light headedness
  • fast heartbeats
  • concentrating problems
  • headache
  • unsteadiness
  • weakness

Severe Furosemide side effects also include:

  • Low potassium level: limp feeling, muscle weakness, leg discomfort, irregular heartbeats or confusion;
  • Low calcium level: overactive reflexes, tightness in your muscles or tingly feeling around your mouth;
  • Serious skin reactions: peeling and/or blistering caused by skin rash, skin pain, burning in your eyes, swelling in your tongue or face, sore throat or fever.

Furosemide Interactions and Risks

  • You are not able to urinate.
  • You have kidney disorder, enlarged prostate, bladder obstruction or any other problems with urination, cirrhosis or any other liver disorder, an electrolyte imbalance, high cholesterol or high triglycerides level, lupus, gout, diabetes or allergies to sulfa medications. All these medical conditions must be reported to your doctor before starting to use Furosemide, in order to make sure that you can safely use this medication along with these illnesses without any problems.
  • You recently had a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or any other type of scan.
  • You’re willing to use it in high doses. You might encounter irreversible loss of hearing, if you use Furosemide with higher doses than prescribed.
  • You don’t drink plenty of liquids. If you need to treat yourself with Furosemide, you should talk to your doctor about types and amounts of liquids to consume during your treatment period with this medication, in order to prevent getting dehydrated. According to medical studies, dehydration is considered to be dangerous during your treatment period with Furosemide.
  • You are currently treating yourself with Sucralfate. This medication must be taken 2 hours before or after taking serious skin reactions.
  • You are currently using Cisplatin, Cyclosporine, Ethacrynic acid, Lithium, Methotrexate, Phenytoin, antibiotics (like Amikacin, Cefdinir, Cefprozil, Cefuroxime, Cephalexin, Gentamicin, Kanamycin, Neomycin, Streptomycin or Tobramycin), blood pressure or heart medications (like Amiodarone, Benazepril, Candesartan, Eprosartan, Enalapril, Irbesartan, Lisinopril, Losartan, Olmesartan, Quinapril, Ramipril, Telmisartan or Valsartan), laxative drugs, salicylates (such as Aspirin, Disalcid, Doan’s Pills, Dolobid, Salflex or Tricosal) or steroids. A serious drug interaction might appear between these above mentioned medications and Furosemide. It’s prohibited to take these drugs together with Furosemide.

Furosemide and pregnancy

Furosemide received a category C rating from the FDA but it is not known if it’s dangerous to the infant or not. It’s better if you avoid this medication during pregnancy. Since the risks of this medication during pregnancy are unknown, you are not allowed to start using Furosemide without medical advice, if you’re pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

Furosemide and breastfeeding

Furosemide can pass into breast milk and it’s also expected to harm the nursing baby. This medication is also considered to slow down the production of breast milk. It’s forbidden to start using Furosemide during breastfeeding without medical attention.

Furosemide overdose

The recommended adult Furosemide dosage ranges from 20 mg to 80 mg each day, for Ascites, congestive heart failure, edema, hypertension, non-obstructive oliguria, pulmonary edema, renal failure, renal transplant and oliguria treating. For hypercalcemia, adults are required to take from 10 mg to 40 mg of Furosemide daily, taken 4 times a day.

If you believe you have taken too much Furosemide, you must consult your doctor urgently. The overdosing symptoms of this medication include increased thirst, feeling very hot, heavy sweating or dry skin.