Diurin 40mg (Furosemide)
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Diurin 40 1000 Tablets/Pack
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Diurin general information
What is Diurin used for?
Diurin tablets 40mg are used to treat oedema (water retention) caused by several conditions, including oedema associated with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver and renal disease (including the nephrotic syndrome). Diurin 40 tablets are also used to help lower blood pressure in the treatment of hypertension, either alone or in combination with other antihypertensive medications. Diurin 40 tablets help remove excess fluid from the body tissues, such as around the feet and ankles, which can become very swollen, and also from the blood and for this reason they are often called water tablets.
How does Diurin work?
Diurin tablets 40mg contain furosemide, a diuretic medication that acts directly on the kidneys at the site of the Loop of Henlé and in the proximal and distal tubules, which is where salts (sodium and potassium) are reabsorbed back into the blood to prevent the blood from becoming deficient in salts. Furosemide in Diurin 40 tablets inhibits the reabsorption of salts back into the blood, so that more salts are excreted into the urine and more water is removed from the blood, which in turn draws more water out of the tissues. This increases the volume of urine that is produced and also reduces the volume of blood, which reduces the pressure on the blood vessels and helps lower blood pressure. Reducing the amount of water stored in the tissues reduces oedema (water retention and swelling), caused by congestive heart failure and other conditions.
What does Diurin contain?
Diurin tablets 40mg contain furosemide, a diuretic used to treat oedema and hypertension. They also contain lactose monohydrate, maize starch, povidone and magnesium stearate.
Treating congestive heart failure with Diurin
Diurin tablets 40mg contain furosemide, a diuretic medication (water tablets) used to treat oedema or water retention by the tissues with swelling, caused by several conditions, including congestive heart failure. As a result of weakened heart muscles, the heart of someone with congestive heart failure cannot pump blood round the circulation sufficiently and this leads to blood collecting in the smallest blood vessels, the capillaries so that they become leaky and water passes out of the blood into the tissues causing oedema. Swelling usually occurs at the feet and ankles but can happen throughout the body, including the lungs. Furosemide in Diurin 40 tablets acts directly on the kidneys and causes water and salts to be removed from the blood into the urine, drawing excess water out of the swollen tissues which increases urine volume and reduces oedema.
Treating hypertension with Diurin
Diurin tablets 40mg contain furosemide, a diuretic medication (water tablets) used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) either alone or in combination with other antihypertensive medications. Furosemide in Diurin 40 tablets acts directly on the kidneys and causes water and salts to be removed from the blood into the urine, drawing excess water out of the swollen tissues which increases urine volume, decreases blood volume and reduces the pressure on the blood vessels, which and helps lower blood pressure. Although there are usually no other symptoms, high blood pressure increases risk of cardiovascular disease, including stroke and heart attack.
What are the side effects of Diurin?
The most commonly reported side effects when taking Diurin 40 include: headache, dizziness, light-headedness, restlessness, dry mouth or unusual thirst, muscle cramps, weakness, tinnitus, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, blurred vision
When should Diurin not be used?
You should not use Diurin 40 if you:
- are allergic to furosemide or sulfonamides or any ingredientrs in Diurin 40
- have liver or kidney disease
- have prostate disease, without discussion with your doctor
- are severely dehydrated
- have low blood pressure (hypotension)
- have low sodium or potassium levels in your blood
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or breast feeding
- have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), a disease affecting the skin, joints and kidneys, as Diurin 40 may exacerbate your condition
- are taking medications that may interact with Diurin 40, including: some antibiotics like aminoglycosides and cephalosporins, anticonvulsants like phenytoin and chloral hydrate, cancer treatment like cisplatin and methotrexate, lithium for mood disorders, digoxin for heart failure, other antihypertensives like ACE inhibitors as their action may be increased, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and aspirin, probenecid for gout, sucralfate for stomach and intestinal ulcers, within 2 hours of taking Diurin 40, adrenaline and noradrenaline for emergency treatment, theophylline for asthma, large amounts of laxatives, some diabetic medications
How should Diurin be taken?
You should take your Diurin tablets 40mg with a glass of water on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 4 hours after food, once or twice daily, depending on what you are being treated for. The dose you take depends on your condition and your doctor’s recommendations and may be increased. You should continue to take you Diurin 40 tablets until your condition improves and for as long as recommended by your doctor.
How long should you take Diurin?
You should continue to take you Diurin 40 tablets until your condition improves and for as long as recommended by your doctor.
Missed dose of Diurin
If you miss a dose of Diurin 40 take it as soon as you remember, unless it is time to take the next dose, then skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose.
How should Diurin be stored?
You should store your Diurin tablets 40mg in a cool dry place, below 25°C and protect from light.