If you have ever played any sports in which you have to make weight such as boxing or wrestling, then you know about taking prescription water pills to lose water weight. Lets be honest, its not just athletes. I have seen ordinary people use diuretics to fit into a dress or jeans that need a just a little more weight off. These fluid pills as I like to call them work as a short term wonder to just squeeze into your weight goal.
One of those prescription diuretics is called Lasix (furosemide). Please don’t confuse this with Lasik which is the eye surgery. Lasix is a water pill that prevents your body from absorbing too much salt. This extra salt is flushed out through the kidneys to the urine. Based on this process, it allows people to be treated for edema (fluid retention) in congestive heart failure, liver disease or some kidney disorders. It has been used to treat high blood pressure as well.
There have been other uses for Lasix. It has been used on race horses to prevent them from bleeding through the nose on race day. It has been found to be effective in treating congestive heart failure in horses and Lasix for dogs and cats has the same effective treatment depending on the furosemide dosage. Add also that this prescription drug has been used in doping to hide other drugs and it seems like a good pill to have.
Lasix Side Effects
All things that seem to good to be true usually are especially when you consider the side effects of Lasix. Lasix side effects range from dehydration to hearing loss. Let us start with which drugs you can’t take while taking Lasix. The following drugs will result in a serious interaction when combined: any aspirin, lithium, indomethacin, sucralfate, drugs such as doxazosin and gentamicin to name a few. You also need to avoid Lasix if you suffer from kidney disease, gout, enlarge prostate, diabetes, lupus or high cholesterol.
Next up are the long list of side effects: diarrhea, sore throat, fever, headaches, fever, bleeding gums, constipation, cloudy urine, nausea, loss of appetite, muscle cramps, muscle cramps and weight loss. This isn’t the whole list but a sampling of all the possible side effects. The most serious of the side effects is the hearing loss. This has to do with the toxicity of Lasix to cochlea or auditory nerve of the ear. This is the cause of temporary hearing loss and disequilibrium. Constant use can result in permanent damage to the ear.
Have you used Lasix to make weight?