Facts about IV Lasix You Ought to Know

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Lasix is mainly used in patients to help treat the excess accumulation of fluid in certain parts of the body (also called edema). Lasix comes in various dosages and three forms: tablets, oral solution and injection. Lasix tablets are available in dosages of 20 mg, 40 mg and 80 mg.  Lasix oral solutions come in dosages of 8 mg/mL and 10 mg/mL. Last but not least, it can also be in the form of injection, also called as IV Lasix, with a dosage of 10 mg/mL per vial.

Below are some important information on how to administer IV Lasix:

For adult patients – Treatment and combination therapy with the use of IV Lasix via injection must only be given to patients who are at the moment not able to take oral medicine or in emergency circumstances at the moment, in which it must be replaced with oral medicine as soon as circumstances allow it.

For acute pulmonary edema – The ideal starting dose of IV Lasix is 40 mg injected slowly (about 1 to 2 minutes).  In case a satisfactory result does not happen within an hour, the dose of IV Lasix can be elevated to 80 mg, injected slowly (about 1 to 2 minutes). If needed, concomitant administration of additional therapeutic treatment can be given, for instance, oxygen or digitalis.

For edema – The ideal starting dose of IV Lasix is 20 mg up to 40 mg, to be given as a single dose. It can be given in the form of IV Lasix (intravenously) or it can be administered intramuscularly.  The dose of IV Lasix must be given to the patient slowly (about 1 to 2 minutes). Normally, a prompt diuresis will ensue. If it is needed, another dose of IV Lasix may be given to the patient in the same way after 2 hours, or the dose of IV Lasix may also be increased. The raised dose can be at 40 mg and administered not sooner than the 2 hours right after the first dose until the expected diuretic effect has been seen. This determined single dose of IV Lasix must be given only about once or twice each day.

For pediatric patients – Treatment and combination therapy with the use of IV Lasix via injection must only be given to patients who are at the moment not able to take oral medicine or in emergency circumstances at the moment, in which it must be replaced with oral medicine as soon as circumstances allow it. The ideal starting dose of IV Lasix via injection in babies and children is about 1 mg/kg body weight. IV Lasix in children and babies must be given slowly under strict supervision. If the diuretic effects to the first dose of IV Lasix are not good, the dose of IV Lasix can be increased until the desired response of diuretic effect is achieved.  IV Lasix doses of more than 6 mg/kg body weight are not strongly recommended. Never administer IV Lasix to babies or children without any medical supervision. Medical literature has stated that hearing loss in young neonates have been attributed to the use of IV Lasix on them.

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