What should I know before giving my child furosemide?

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If your child is prescribed furosemide (Lasix), a diuretic used to treat edema (fluid retention), be aware that it works by stimulating the body to produce more urine. This means your child will likely need to go to the bathroom more frequently, starting about an hour after he takes the drug and for up to six hours afterward.

Typical causes of edema in children are congestive heart failure, liver disease and kidney disease. Furosemide is also sometimes given in the hospital to treat premature infants.