Furosemide 40 mg is mainly used for treating edema and congestive heart failure. Most people have heard its brand name as Lasix. Furosemide 40 mg is a powerful loop diuretic that is considered to be one of the most important medicines needed in a basic community, according to WHO’s (World Health Organization) list of essential medicines.
The medical purpose of furosemide 40 mg is that it can help treat cases of edema and hypertension. Furosemide 40 mg is actually the first-line of defense for most patients who are suffering from edema or hypertension that is caused by congestive heart failure. Also, furosemide 40 mg is used for the treatment of nephrotic syndrome, hepatic cirrhosis and impairment of the renal parts of the kidneys. Furosemide 40 mg is also used in the adjunct therapy for pulmonary or cerebral edema in which there is a need or rapid diuresis (through IV injection) and it is also useful for the management of serious hypercalcemia after combined with sufficient rehydration of the patient.
For patients who have edema, furosemide 40 mg is indicated in pediatric and adult patients. Take note that their edema is caused by cirrhosis of the liver, renal impairment (nephrotic syndrome) or congestive heart failure. Furosemide 40 mg is specifically useful especially when something that has greater diuretic capabilities is preferred.
The normal initial dosage of furosemide in adults for edema is 20 mg to 80 mg that is given as one dose only. After that, diuresis takes place. If need be, the exact same dosage can be given to the patient after 6 to 8 hours, or another way would be to increase the dose. The increased dose may range from 20 mg to furosemide 40 mg and administered to the patient after 6 to 8 hours, or until the expected diuretic effect has been reached.