What is the most important information I should know about Oedemex?
You should not use this medicine if you are unable to urinate.
Do not take more than your recommended dose. High doses of Oedemex may cause irreversible hearing loss.
Serious side effects
Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:
- Excessive loss of water and electrolytes. Symptoms can include:
- dry mouth
- feeling of thirst
- muscle pains or cramps
- urinating less
- fast or abnormal heartbeat
- severe nausea or vomiting
- Low levels of thyro > Jaundice, also known as icterus
- yellowing of your skin
- yellowing of the whites of your eyes
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history.
Oedemex oral tablet can interact with other medications, vitamins, or herbs you may be taking. An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well.
To help avoid interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, or herbs you’re taking. To find out how this drug might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Examples of drugs that can cause interactions with Oedemex are listed below.
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Oedemex 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'. Oedemex 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.
Q: What part does Lasix play in function of the kidneys?
A: Lasix (Oedemex) 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.
Before taking Oedemex, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney problems, liver problems, inability to make urine, gout, lupus.
If you have diabetes, Oedemex may affect your blood sugar. Check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet.
Oedemex may reduce the potassium level in your blood. Your doctor may instruct you to add potassium-rich foods to your diet (such as bananas, orange juice) or prescribe potassium supplements to prevent potassium loss. Ask your doctor for more details.
This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness.
This drug may make you dizzy or blur your vision. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness or clear vision until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).
Severe sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting can increase the risk of dehydration. Report prolonged diarrhea or vomiting to your doctor. Follow your doctor's instructions about the amount of fluids you can drink.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Babies born early (premature infants) and children may be more sensitive to certain effects of this drug, such as kidney stones.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug, especially dizziness and water/mineral loss.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
This drug passes into breast milk and may affect milk production. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Q: I have been on Lasix for a very long time. I don't drink a lot of water, but with the liquids I am drinking, why don't I go to the bathroom more than I do?
A: Lasix (generic name Oedemex) is called a loop diuretic. Loop diuretics make the kidneys eliminate larger amounts of electrolytes (such as sodium and potassium salts) and water than normal. Loop diuretics treat edema and swelling. Side effects of Lasix include dizziness, cramping, muscle spasms. redness, and sensitivity to sunlight. Lab work should be done by a physician regularly to control potassium levels. Loop diuretics should not cause excessive thirst or urination. If Lasix does not seem to effectively be working, consult with a physician about other treatment options. Kimberly Hotz, PharmD
By Sherry Karabin | Medically Reviewed by Ruthan White, PharmD
Latest Update: 2014-09-24 Copyright © 2014 Everyday Health Media, LLC
Lasix (Oedemex) Warnings
Elderly patients taking Lasix are more likely to have age-related liver, kidney, or heart problems.
Before taking Lasix, talk to your doctor about whether you might be allergic to it as well as whether you have other allergies, especially those involving sulfa drugs:
- Sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra)
- Sulfasalazine (Azulfidine)
- Sulfisoxazole (Gantrisin)
- Erythromycin Sulfisoxazole (Pediazole)
Tell your doctor if you change your exercise routine and diet, quit smoking, or reduce stress. These changes may require your doctor to reevaluate your dosage.
While using Lasix, your doctor should conduct periodic tests on your kidneys and blood mineral levels to monitor your progress or check for side effects. It's also important to check your blood pressure regularly while on Lasix, so ask your doctor how you can do so at home.
If you are diabetic, Lasix might affect your blood sugar levels so they will need to be monitored and reported to your doctor. Your diabetes medication or diet might also need to be adjusted.
If you experience prolonged diarrhea or vomiting be sure to let your doctor know since this can lead to dehydration.
Be sure to give your doctor a complete medical history to help him/her decide if this drug is right for you. Tell your physician if you have any of the following conditions:
- Difficulty urinating
- Kidney problems
- Liver problems
- Hearing problems
- High levels of uric acid
- Low levels of calcium, chlorine, potassium, magnesium, or sodium in your blood
- Low blood pressure or low blood volume
- Low protein in the blood due to a kidney problem or radiocontrast nephropathy, a kidney condition that could worsen your side effects
Lasix (Oedemex) and Other Interactions
Lasix might reduce the potassium levels in your blood, so you should have your potassium blood levels watched closely by your doctor. Potassium supplements may be prescribed if needed.
This medicine is also known to make you more sensitive to the sun, so try to avoid long-term exposure to the sun, along with tanning booths and sunlamps. Make sure to wear sunscreen and protective clothing when you go out.
Since Lasix might make you dizzy or cause blurred vision, it's important that you avoid driving, using machinery, or partaking in any activity that requires you to be alert or have clear vision until you know how the medicine affects you.
You should also limit your intake of alcoholic beverages while on Lasix.
If you suffer from high blood pressure, don't use over-the-counter appetite suppressants or cold medicines, which might impact your blood pressure.
To avoid dehydration, drink plenty of fluids while taking Lasix (unless your doctor has limited your fluid intake).
Pregnancy and Lasix (Oedemex)
It's still unclear how Lasix might affect your unborn child. If you plan to breastfeed, you should be aware that Lasix passes into your breast milk. Let your doctor know right away if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Lasix (Oedemex) Overdose
If you think you might have taken too much, get to the emergency room right away or call a poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Signs of an overdose range from fainting and severe weakness to a severe decrease in the amount of urine your body is producing.
What is the dosage for Oedemex?
The usual starting oral dose for treatment of edema in adults is 20-80 mg as a single dose. The same dose or an increased dose may be administered 6-8 hours later. Doses may be increased 20-40 mg every 6-8 hours until the desired effect occurs. The effective dose may be administered once or twice daily. Some patients may require 600 mg daily.
The starting oral dose for children is 2 mg/kg. The starting dose may be increased by 1-2 mg/kg every 6 hours until the desired effect is achieved. Doses greater than 6 mg/kg are not recommended.
The recommended dose for treating hypertension is 40 mg twice daily. The dose of other blood pressure medications should be reduced by half when Oedemex is added.
Immediate action required: Call 999 or go to A&E if:
- you get a skin rash that may include itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
- you're wheezing
- you get tightness in the chest or throat
- you have trouble breathing or talking
- your mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat start swelling
You could be having a serious allergic reaction and may need immediate treatment in hospital.
These are not all the side effects of Oedemex. For a full list see the leaflet inside your medicines packet.
You can report any suspected side effects to the UK safety scheme.
COMMON BRAND(S): Lasix
GENERIC NAME(S): Oedemex
Oedemex is a very potent medication. Using too much of this drug can lead to serious water and salt/mineral loss. Therefore, it is important that you are closely monitored by your doctor while taking this medication. Tell your doctor right away if you become very thirsty or confused, or develop muscle cramps/weakness. See also Side Effects section.
Oedemex is used to reduce extra fluid in the body (edema) caused by conditions such as heart failure, liver disease, and kidney disease. This can lessen symptoms such as shortness of breath and swelling in your arms, legs, and abdomen.
This drug is also used to treat high blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems.
Oedemex is a "water pill" (diuretic) that causes you to make more urine. This helps your body get rid of extra water and salt.
Lasix (Oedemex) 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.