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Lasix vs. Bumex

Are Lasix and Bumex the Same Thing?

Lasix (furosemide) and Bumex (bumetanide) are loop diuretics (water pills) used to treat excessive fluid accumulation (edema) caused by congestive heart failure, liver failure, renal failure, and nephritic syndrome. Lasix and Bumex may be used with antihypertensive drugs to control high blood pressure (hypertension).

What Are Possible Side Effects of Lasix?

Common side effects of Lasix include:

Serious side effects of Lasix include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Bumex?

Common side effects of Bumex include:

Tell your doctor if you experience side effects of Bumex including:

  • muscle cramps or pain,
  • weakness,
  • tiredness,
  • confusion,
  • dizziness,
  • lightheadedness,
  • fainting,
  • drowsiness,
  • dry mouth/thirst,
  • stomach pain,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • fast/irregular heartbeat,
  • an unusual decrease in the amount of urine as these may be signs of severe dehydration,
  • low potassium (confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling),
  • trouble concentrating,
  • memory problems,
  • loss of appetite,
  • feeling unsteady,
  • hallucinations,
  • seizures,
  • shallow breathing or breathing that stops,
  • easy bruising,
  • unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum),
  • purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin,
  • fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash, or
  • hearing problems.

What is Lasix?

Lasix (furosemide) is an anthranilic acid derivative that is used as a strong diuretic in adults and children to treat excessive fluid accumulation (edema) caused by congestive heart failure, liver failure, renal failure, and nephritic syndrome. Lasix may be used with antihypertensive drugs to control high blood pressure (hypertension).

What is Bumex?

Bumex (bumetanide) is a loop diuretic (water pill) that prevents the body from absorbing too much salt, allowing the salt to instead be passed in the urine, used to treat fluid retention (edema) in people with high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, liver disease, or a kidney disorder such as nephrotic syndrome.

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What Drugs Interact With Lasix?

Lasix may interact with lithium or steroids.

Lasix may also interact with sucralfate, cisplatin, cyclosporine, ethacrynic acid, methotrexate, phenytoin, antibiotics, heart or blood pressure medications, laxatives, or salicylates such as aspirin.

What Drugs Interact With Bumex?

Bumex may interact with lithium, antibiotics, or blood pressure medications.

Bumex may also interact with medicines to treat a bowel disorder, medications to prevent organ transplant rejection, antiviral medications, chemotherapy, pain or arthritis medicines, digoxin, probenecid, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or other diuretics.

How Should Lasix Be Taken?

Lasix is available in tablet (20 to 80 mg) and IV forms. Dosage is determined by the patient's physician and varies according to how much fluid and how fast the fluid should be removed. Patients with poor renal function usually require higher doses; doses in children are weight-based. Lasix may interact with sucralfate, cisplatin, cyclosporine, ethacrynic acid, lithium, methotrexate, phenytoin, antibiotics, heart or blood pressure medications, laxatives, salicylates such as aspirin, or steroids. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using Lasix; it is unknown if it will harm a fetus. Lasix passes into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Lasix may also slow breast milk production. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

How Should Bumex Be Taken?

The usual daily dosage of Bumex is 0.5 mg to 2 mg and in most patients is given as a single dose. Products that may interact with this drug include indomethacin, lithium, probenecid, and other drugs that can affect your hearing (including aminoglycoside antibiotics such as gentamicin, tobramycin). If you have diabetes, Bumex may affect your blood sugar level. Bumex may also reduce the potassium level in your blood. During pregnancy, this drug should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

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References

RxList. Lasix Side Effects Drug Center.
https://www.rxlist.com/lasix-side-effects-drug-center.htm
RxList. Bumex Side Effects Drug Center.
https://www.rxlist.com/bumex-side-effects-drug-center.htm
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