Lasix, Its Dangers, and Herbal Diuretic Alternatives?

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Date: November 03, 2011 07:29 AM
Subject: Lasix, Its Dangers, and Herbal Diuretic Alternatives?

Lasix is a kind of diuretic. A diuretic is a drug which inhibits the body’s ability to absorb more sodium and water thus increasing elimination of these body substances through the urine. If the person is on diuretic therapy, the person will experience frequent urination and increased amount of urine output.

Specifically, Lasix is a loop diuretic. Thus, it acts in the loop of tubules inside the kidneys. This medication is usually indicated to treat fluid retention among individuals who have congestive heart failure, liver problems or kidney diseases. Other health care providers also employ this kind of diuretic to regulate high blood pressure because it can effectively eliminate excess fluid and sodium in the vascular system. Lasix may increase the risk of dehydration and hypokalemia (low level of potassium in the blood). Hydrate yourself properly and follow the doctor’s order to eat potassium – rich foods or use supplements of potassium.

Lasix is not obtained as over – the – counter drug. It must be prescribed by a qualified health care provider and must be used with extra precaution. Blood pressure must be checked before and about 30 minutes after the administration of Lasix intravenously. If orally taken, monitor blood pressure up to 1 to 2 hours after. Never administer this drug if the blood pressure is low, unless ordered by the doctor for a certain purpose. Also, Lasix must not be used or must be discontinued if the individual is unable to have a urine output about four to eight hours after administration. Notify your doctor and prepare for a renal evaluation.

Prior to use of this medication, a thorough assessment will be done. Make sure to inform your doctor if you have kidney and liver problems, gout arthritis and diabetes mellitus. Also, you have to make sure that you have no allergic reactions to sulfa drugs and are not pregnant since this is classified by FDA as Pregnancy Category C. Over – dosage may cause tinnitus, poor appetite, weakness, vertigo, syncope, fainting and confusion. Other signs and symptoms may also occur. If so, discontinue use of Lasix and notify your doctor.

There are also herbal medicines which can serve as an alternative to diuretics. These are:

1. EMBLICA OFFICINALIS. This herb is commonly known as Amla. It has a strong diuretic property which is helpful in the elimination of water and salt in the body most especially among people who are on weight loss regimen. It is also rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.

2. MORINGA OLEIFERA. The part of this plant which has a diuretic property is its roots. It has a bitter taste but can be very useful as adjunct treatment for renal calculi. It can also be used for respiratory problems such as cough and bronchitis.

3. PANGRA NUTS. The other name of this plant is Indian Coral Tree. Aside from its effective diuretic property, it can also be used as a laxative, expectorating and anti – helminthic agent. Its leaves can also be used to relieve pain during arthritic attacks.

4. HENNA. The root of this plant is the part used as a diuretic. It can also help the body regulate temperature.

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