Furosemide (Lasix)

Photograph of Furosemide (Lasix) under the microscope.

Furosemide is a loop diuretic that is used to help reduce the amount of water in the body. The drug works by inhibition of the reabsorption of sodium and chloride ions in the proximal tubule and loop of Henle. Furosemide is also used as a treatment for hypertension in patients who do not respond to other drugs or that have kidney problems. Side effects include dizziness, cough, fever, joint pain, blurred vision, and chest pain.

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