Salix (Lasix, Furosemide)
Salix (Lasix, Furosemide)
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Treats congestive heart failure along with certain liver & kidney diseases
Treats fluid retention and swelling
Easy dosages

Salix (Lasix, Furosemide)

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At a Glance
Treats congestive heart failure along with certain liver & kidney diseases
Treats fluid retention and swelling
Easy dosages

Salix, also known as Furosemide is a diuretic, which means it expels retained fluids. It is commonly used for dogs and cats suffering from congestive heart failure, liver disease, certain kidney disease and can also be part of a treatment in animals with high blood pressure.

An effective and affordable generic to Salix is Furosemide.

It is important to take a few precautions before administering Salix to the pet. Avoid Salix if the pet is allergic to it or other sulfonamides. As the drug is a potent diuretic-saluretic, large amounts of the drug would cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Therefore, never prescribe the drug to animals with electrolyte imbalance. Use with extreme caution in animals suffering from diabetes and kidney disease. Salix can interact with ototoxic antibiotics such as gentamicin or streptomycin; NSAIDS such as aspirin or Rimadyl; phenothiazines such as acepromazine; and Insulin, digoxin, and beta blockers such as propranolol. Therefore, do not administer the Salix in combination with these drugs. Check the potassium levels in pets before administering the medicine. Salix could reduce serum calcium levels and might be responsible for tetany in animals that have hypocalcemic tendency.

The recommended dose of Salix in dogs and cats is 1-2mg/pound once or twice a day (at 6-8 hour intervals). Cats are generally given a lower dose of the medicine. Higher doses are often administered based on the severity of the symptoms.

What Are the Side Effects of Furosemide in Dogs?
Answer

Furosemide for dogs side effects includes increased production of urine, diarrhea, and constipation. There are also a few serious side effects that include head tilt, losing balance, weakness, collapse, electrolyte imbalance, increased heart rate, and low production of urine. Salix (furosemide) for dogs which is a brand-name drug for Furosemide, can reduce plasma volume, which might increase the risk of circulatory collapse. Hence, if you notice these or any other side effects while administering the Furosemide or Salix dosage for dogs, get in touch with a vet immediately. You will need a prescription from a vet to buy the Furosemide or Salix tablets for dogs.

What Is the Difference Between Salix and Furosemide?
Answer

Both Furosemide and the Salix medication serve similar purposes, but there is one key difference between them. Furosemide is a generic variant of the medication or drug, whereas Salix is a brand-name drug. Both Furosemide and a Salix pill will contain the same active ingredient. The two drugs might vary in shape or color. Brand-name drugs are most of the time more expensive than generic ones. However, that does not mean that there is a difference in the effectiveness of generic and brand drugs. They are equally effective, and you can substitute one for the other, given that your vet or doctor allows you to.

What Is Lasix Furosemide Used For?
Answer

Lasix Furosemide is used to reduce extra body fluid (edema) that is caused by health problems like heart failure, kidney disease, or liver disease. Lasix is also used on patients that who have high blood pressure. This allows the body to regulate its internal blood pressure, and prevent health conditions related to the kidney, and heart, like strokes, heart attacks, or kidney failure. Salix, Lasix, and Disal are brand-name drugs of Furosemide. Furosemide itself is a diuretic, which means it can lead to increased production of urine. And it is through the urine that your body can let go of the excess water and salt. Otherwise, this excess water and salt can lead to a lot of heart and kidney problems.

What Is the Difference Between Lasix and Furosemide?
Answer

The main difference between Lasix and Furosemide is that Lasix is a brand-name drug and Furosemide is the generic version. Besides this, no other difference can be seen between the two. Lasix and Furosemide have the same active ingredient. Both Lasix and Furosemide are diuretics. That means they lead to an increase in urine production. Through this increased urine production, the drugs allow excess water and salt to leave the body. And by doing so, diuretics can keep the heart and kidney stable, and prevent any sort of fatal heart or kidney conditions.

How Long Does It Take for Furosemide to Reduce Swelling?
Answer

Furosemide will take anything from 1 to 6 hours to reduce swelling. After an hour of taking the drug, your dog will feel like having a pee. This urge to urinate will continue for up to six hours or a bit longer. Furosemide is a diuretic that leads to increased production of urine. And through urinating, the body lets go of the excess amounts of salt and water in the body. Swelling and edema are mostly caused due to kidney or heart failures. Furosemide deals with the swelling and edema by forcing the body to expel the excess salt and water.

Is Lasix Hard on the Kidneys?
Answer

Lasix will not be hard on the kidneys as long as your dog is drinking plenty of water. Since it is a diuretic, it creates an urge in your dogs to go and urinate more frequently. However, to make sure it does not put excess pressure on the kidneys, you will have to increase the water intake of your dog.

Furosemide

Salix is a diuretic mainly used in the treatment of congestive heart failure, pulmonary edema, kidney disease, high blood pressure and edema. The drug helps to drain excessive fluids from the body. Oral diuretic tablet plays an important role in the treatment of conditions where removal of abnormally retained fluid is required.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: SALIXยฎ is a highly effective diuretic and if given in excessive amounts as with any diuretic may lead to excessive diuresis which could result in electrolyte imbalance, dehydration and reduction of plasma volume enhancing the risk of circulatory collapse, thrombosis, and embolism. Therefore, the animal should be observed for early signs of fluid depletion with electrolyte imbalance, and corrective measures administered. Excessive loss of potassium in patients receiving digitalis or its glycosides may precipitate digitalis toxicity. Caution should be exercised in animals administered potassium-depleting steroids. It is important to correct potassium deficiency with dietary supplementation. Caution should be exercised in prescribing enteric-coated potassium tablets. Consult your veterinarian and see product label for full information regarding contraindications, warnings, and precautions.

Salix might give rise to certain side effects such as nausea, vomiting, weakness, loss of appetite, increased urination, electrolyte imbalance, diabetes, itching, and rash. Pet owners having hypersensitivities to sulfa drugs should be extremely cautious while handling Salix. Wear gloves as there are possible chances of allergic reactions to the medicine.

  • Salix is available by prescription only. Follow directions given by your veterinarian.

  • The usual dose for dogs is 1-2mg per pound of body weight given in 6 to 8 hour intervals.

  • Cats usually receive doses of 1mg per pound of body weight once a day.

  • Make sure your animal has plenty of fresh water available, this medication will increase the amount your cat or dog urinates.
  • Ask your veterinarian or consult with one of our pet care specialists at 1-800-844-1427.

    This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional advice due to what you may have read on our website. Our medications are FDA approved and/or EPA regulated when and as required by law.

    Salix (Lasix, Furosemide) is manufactured by Merck Animal Health

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