Helen Allen, Reviewed by Dr Adrian Bonsall | Last edited 24 Feb 2017 | Certified by The Information Standard
Ansemid is a 'water tablet' (a diuretic).
It is best taken in the morning.
Any side-effects are usually mild, but can include feeling sick or dizzy.
1. About furosem >
Ansemid is a type of medicine called a diuretic. It's used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure and oedema (a build up of fluid in the body).
It's also sometimes used to help you pee when your kidneys aren't working properly.
Diuretics are sometimes called "water pills/tablets" because they make you pee more.
Ansemid is only available on prescription. It comes as tablets and as a liquid that you swallow. It can also be given by injection, but this is usually only done in hospital.
Ansemid sometimes comes mixed with other diuretics or potassium.
What is Ansemid, and what is it used for?
Ansemid (Lasix) is a potent diuretic (water pill) that is used to eliminate water and salt from the body. In the kidneys, salt (composed of sodium and chloride), water, and other small molecules normally are filtered out of the blood and into the tubules of the kidney. The filtered fluid ultimately becomes urine. Most of the sodium, chloride and water that is filtered out of the blood is reabsorbed into the blood before the filtered fluid becomes urine and is eliminated from the body.
Ansemid works by blocking the absorption of sodium, chloride, and water from the filtered fluid in the kidney tubules, causing a profound increase in the output of urine (diuresis). The onset of action after oral administration is within one hour, and the diuresis lasts about 6-8 hours. The onset of action after injection is five minutes and the duration of diuresis is two hours. The diuretic effect of Ansemid can cause depletion of sodium, chloride, body water and other minerals. Therefore, careful medical supervision is necessary during treatment. The FDA approved Ansemid in July 1982.
Doctors prescribe Ansemid to treat excess accumulation of fluid or swelling of the body (edema) caused by cirrhosis, chronic kidney failure, heart failure, and kidney disease. Doctors also prescribe Ansemid in conjunction with other high blood pressure pills to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).
Lasix (Ansemid) is a medicine that could be recommended to patients suffering from fluid retention and detected with cardiac arrest, kidney ailment or liver illness. This medicine can be additionally recommended for clients with high blood tension.
2. Key facts
- It's usual to take Ansemid once a day in the morning. Some people take it twice a day - once in the morning and again at lunchtime.
- Ansemid doesn't usually upset your tummy. You can take it whether or not you've eaten a meal or snack recently.
- The main side effect of Ansemid is peeing more often than normal. Most people need to pee about 30 minutes after taking Ansemid, and again within a few hours.
- Do not take Ansemid after 4pm or you may have to wake in the night to go to the toilet.
- Ansemid is also called by the brand names Frusol and Lasix.
About furosem >
Ansemid belongs to a group of medicines called loop diuretics. A diuretic is a medicine which increases the amount of urine that you pass out from your kidneys. They are often referred to as 'water tablets'. Ansemid is used to clear excess fluid from your body in conditions where your body retains more than it needs. This extra fluid causes you to feel breathless and tired, and your feet and ankles to swell - it is called water retention (oedema), and it is commonly caused by heart failure.
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Diuretics are also a common treatment for high blood pressure (hypertension). Ansemid is prescribed for high blood pressure when it cannot be sufficiently controlled by other diuretics.
Ansemid can be used on its own as a diuretic, or it can be prescribed as a combination tablet alongside other diuretics such as triamterene, amiloride or spironolactone. It is sometimes prescribed as a combination tablet with a mineral salt called potassium.
Q: What part does Lasix play in function of the kidneys?
A: Lasix (Ansemid) is a diuretic (water pill). Lasix signals the kidneys to get rid of (unneeded) salt and water from the body into the urine. Reducing salt and water from the body can reduce swelling and fluid retention and lower blood pressure.
It's crucial that you let your physician know regarding any of the following problems in case you have or ever had them: renal or liver disease, an episode of gout, diabetes, lupus, or any sort of allergic reactions, especially to any sort of sulfa medicines.
Lasix (Ansemid) is a prescription water pill that helps your physical body to obtain rid of extreme salt passing it into the urine and aiding to treat fluid retention. You do not have to stress if you have a few moderate adverse effects, more than likely to go away on their own, including headache, tummy pain, feeling numb, constipation, looseness of the bowels, dizziness, tingling, obscured vision, and a few other ones that do not appear to be too bothersome.