What Is Lasix Used For?
Lasix® (furosemide) is a diuretic medication that is available by prescription only. Lasix is used for treating several conditions. Specifically, it is used for controlling high blood pressure and treating water retention caused by congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, or kidney disease or kidney failure.
High Blood Pressure
In clinical studies, Lasix has been shown to significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure. As a result, the medication can decrease the risk of developing health problems that can occur with long-term hypertension, such as stroke, heart disease, or congestive heart failure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure). However, Lasix is not used a cure for high blood pressure.
Some of the common causes of water retention include congestive heart failure (CHF), kidney failure (renal failure), and cirrhosis of the liver. Lasix is used for water retention because it helps the body get rid of the extra fluid. The medication does not cure congestive heart failure or other conditions that cause the body to retain fluid.
(Click Lasix Uses to learn more about what Lasix is used for, for information on how this medication works, and to find out if it is used for any "off-label" purposes.)