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FUROSEMIDE TABLETS 500MG
Active substance(s): FUROSEMIDE
FUROSEMIDE TABLETS 500MG
BEFORE YOU TAKE YOUR MEDICINE PLEASE READ THIS LEAFLET CAREFULLY
This leaflet contains a summary of the information about your medicine, Furosemide Tablets 500mg.
Your medicine is in the form of a tablet. Each tablet contains 500mg of the active ingredient
Furosemide. Each tablet also contains lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate, sodium starch
glycollate, magnesium stearate, maize starch, silicon dioxide, talc and quinoline yellow.
Furosemide Tablets 500mg are yellow and marked ‘FE 500’ on one side and ‘G’ on the other. The
tablets have a groove so they may be broken easily.
Furosemide Tablets 500mg are available in containers of 100, 250, 500 and 1000* tablets.
Your pharmacist will dispense the number of tablets prescribed by your doctor.
(*Only marketed pack sizes will feature on the printed leaflet)
Product Licence Holder: Generics [UK] Ltd, Station Close, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 1TL
Alphapharm [Pty] Ltd, Carole Park, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
HOW DOES YOUR MEDICINE WORK?
Your medicine contains FUROSEMIDE which belongs to a group of drugs called DIURETICS (or
‘water’ tablets). Diuretics work by reducing the amount of water in the body by acting on the kidneys
to increase the flow of urine. Otherwise, too much fluid in the body can raise your blood pressure and
overwork the different organs of your body leading to their damage. Furosemide Tablets 500mg can
be used to treat the build up of fluid in the body caused by kidney problems.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO BEFORE TAKING YOUR MEDICINE?
You must tell your doctor before taking your medicine if:
you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant
you are breast-feeding
you have taken Furosemide or a similar medicine before and you suffered an unpleasant or allergic
reaction including asthma, skin rash or an itchy, runny nose
you suffer from shakiness and confusion caused by liver disease
you are being treated for digoxin overdose
you suffer from a rare condition called porphyria
you have difficulty passing urine
you suffer from gout
you have liver or kidney problems
you have prostate problems
you have diabetes mellitus
you have a disease of the adrenal gland
you are elderly
you are taking other medicines which can cause a drop in blood pressure
you have other medical conditions that are risks for a drop in blood pressure
you are already taking any of the following other medicines:
Other diuretics (‘water’ tablets)
Medicine to treat a heart condition or high blood pressure e.g. digoxin, methyldopa, an
ACE inhibitor (such as captopril), mexilitine, tocainide, lidocaine
Medicine used to raise blood pressure e.g. ephedrine, methoxamine
Antibiotics such as cefaloridine, gentamicin
Painkillers such as indometacin, aspirin
Corticosteroids e.g. prednisolone
Lithium, to treat mental illness
Antihistamines, to help relieve allergies
Do not take these tablets if you think you are allergic to any of the ingredients especially lactose or
WHILE TAKING YOUR TABLETS
Do not drive or operate machines if these tablets make you feel dizzy or your vision becomes blurred.
Your doctor will give you regular blood tests and check your fluid loss.
HOW SHOULD YOU TAKE YOUR TABLETS?
Elderly patients are likely to be more sensitive to the effects of Furosemide, so the doctor may give
lower doses than those stated below.
The usual starting dose is half a tablet (250mg) of Furosemide a day. Your doctor may slowly
increase this dose every four to six hours, in some cases up to the maximum of four 500mg
Furosemide Tablets in 24 hours.
Furosemide Tablets 500mg should not be given to children.
If you forget to take your dose of Furosemide Tablets, unless it is almost time for your next dose,
take it as soon as you remember. Otherwise, if you miss a dose do not double the next dose, just carry
on as before.
If you take too much of your medicine contact your doctor immediately
CAN YOUR MEDICINE HAVE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
Side effects from taking Furosemide Tablets 500mg are uncommon but may include
deafness (sometimes irreversible)
Other side effects which rarely occur include sensitivity of the skin to sunlight, red swollen skin, skin
rash, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, abdominal pain with sickness, kidney problems in
premature babies, difficulty in passing urine (a temporary rise of creatinine levels in the blood may
occur), loss of calcium from the body, dizziness on standing up, muscle spasm, tingling or numbness
in the arms or legs, gout, sore throat, fever, feeling unusually tired, ringing in the ears, a temporary
rise in cholesterol and fats in the blood. Patients prone to diabetes may notice the symptoms of
diabetes e.g. thirst, loss of weight, passing more urine than usual and diabetics on insulin may find
they need to increase their daily dose. Patients suffering from metabolic alkalosis may notice a
worsening of their symptoms such as painful cramps in the hands and feet, facial twitches, spasm of
the larynx, convulsions.
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data):
acute generalised exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP) (acute febrile drug eruption)
dizziness, fainting and loss of consciousness (caused by symptomatic hypotension)
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects
not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on
the safety of this medicine.
DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE AFTER THE EXPIRY DATE SHOWN ON THE LABEL.
REMEMBER this medicine was prescribed by your doctor for you.
DO NOT give it to others: It may harm them.
Protect from light. Store in a cool dry place.
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