Furosemide Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check your blood pressure regularly. Ask your doctor or health care professional what your blood pressure should be, and when you should contact him or her. If you are a diabetic, check your blood sugar as directed.
You may need to be on a special diet while taking this medicine. Check with your doctor. Also, ask how many glasses of fluid you need to drink a day. You must not get dehydrated.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can make you more drowsy and dizzy. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
Side Effects to watch for
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- blood in urine or stools
- dry mouth
- fever or chills
- hearing loss or ringing in the ears
- irregular heartbeat
- muscle pain or weakness, cramps
- skin rash
- stomach upset, pain, or nausea
- tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
- unusually weak or tired
- vomiting or diarrhea
- yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- loss of appetite
- unusual bleeding or bruising
What may interact with this drug?
- aspirin and aspirin-like medicines
- certain antibiotics
- chloral hydrate
- medicines for blood pressure
- medicines that relax muscles for surgery
- NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation like ibuprofen, naproxen, or indomethacin
- steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
- thyroid hormones