Lasix is a fairly old and extremely popular diuretic that first gained popularity in Germany in the early 1960’s. Shortly after it would gain worldwide attention due to its ability to fight edema and high blood pressure, and it is still used for such purposes today. Many athletes who are in need of shedding water also use Lasix. This is a common diuretic used by bodybuilders shortly before competition. Some athletes also use it in an effort to meet a specific weight class before competition. However, while Lasix is extremely effective, use can also be extremely dangerous. While still popular among some athletes, it has begun to fall out of popularity in some circles due to far more tolerable and safer diuretics being available. Potassium sparing diuretics, like Aldactone and Dyazide, have proven to be far less problematic when used in an athletic capacity. However, when examining Lasix it cannot be denied, the potential results can be astounding and even labeled phenomenal.
Lasix is the most commonly associated brand name for the diuretic Furosemide and is officially classified as a loop-diuretic or more specifically an anthranilic acid derived loop-diuretic. The basic idea behind Lasix is very simple, to cause the body to expel water at a pronounced rate. This expulsion also leads to a notable loss in calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and chloride. The process by which this occurs is due to the compound inhibiting sodium, potassium and chloride from being pulled into the cells. This in turn causes a dramatic loss in fluid and electrolytes, and can be potentially dangerous. Electrolyte balances must be monitored, especially potassium, but to complicate things even more the individual must closely monitor his potassium intake as too much can also be potentially dangerous. However, simple potassium supplementation is often not enough. Many who use Lasix will need a potassium prescription. However, such use should be monitored medically as it could potentially lead to heart problems. Medical supervision is advised.
Once administered, Lasix will begin to push fluid from the body in approximately one hour at a high rate, and this expulsion will last for approximately 3-4 hours. The individual should expect heavy and frequent urination with Lasix use. In fact, urination can be so frequent many find it annoying. The individual should also expect a notable loss in body weight during this time. You will not be losing body fat, it will simply be fluid, but it can be enough to make a notable difference in your total body weight.
While most who use Lasix will be taking it in tablet form, an injectable form that is available can enhance the effects of Lasix. The injectable form is very strong and far more dangerous and should only be considered in severe cases with constant medical supervision. In either case, edema or high blood pressure, the rapid expulsion of fluid due to the effects of Lasix can rapidly and markedly improve such conditions.
Due to the effects of Lasix, some athletes who are having a difficult time meeting weight class requirements will try the diuretic. It can work quite well, but it can also be detrimental to performance. The individual will more than likely feel very drained, which will cause his performance to lessen. Not to mention the loss of electrolytes can make high levels of performance extremely difficult.
Then we have competitive bodybuilders, and for decades Lasix was considered essential to competition. Despite feeling drained and weak this isn’t an issue for the bodybuilder. Most are already drained and weak after the brutal diets required to reach competition conditioning. What many do not realize, although bodybuilders look their strongest and best on stage, they are actually at their weakest state. However, by dropping a lot of water prior to competition, this will enable the already very lean bodybuilder to appear harder and dryer; he will appear in better condition. In competitive bodybuilding, while muscularity is a factor conditioning is the primary factor needed for success. However, there is a fine line to walk with this type of use. It can be extremely dangerous and over the years there have been bodybuilders who have crossed the line and paid for it with their life.
The side effects of Lasix can be harsh; in fact, we can in no way call this a side effect friendly compound. Further, it is one we cannot recommend in good conscious to athletes or bodybuilders, especially when far more tolerable diuretics are available. When used in a medical setting, the idea is to remove excess fluid. Dehydration is possible but generally unlikely as you’re merely removing excess. However, when used in a performance capacity, you are dehydrating your body, that’s the idea, to remove as much fluid as possible. This will in turn create a strong electrolyte imbalance and is something that must be monitored closely.
Those who use the compound should also know the side effects of Lasix can include a significant increase in blood bicarbonate levels. Further, when dehydrated and with an electrolyte imbalance, understand the side effects of Lasix can include all of the following:
While it is possible to experience these side effects of Lasix in a non-life threatening manner, we’re not quite out of the woods yet. The possible side effects of Lasix can get much worse. We cannot call the following effects extremely common but they are also far from uncommon. The serious side effects of Lasix include:
The side effects of Lasix are nothing to scoff at; in fact, it is possible for severe abuse of the compound to lead to death. While it will take abuse to lead to death, unfortunately the line between use and abuse is very narrow. Used therapeutically or in a performance setting, Lasix should only be used under strict medical supervision.
In the treatment of high blood pressure, standard Lasix doses are normally around 40mg per day given twice per day. In the treatment of edema, standard Lasix doses can fall anywhere from 20-80mg per day.
For the performance athlete, there is no set standard Lasix dose. The total dosing can vary based on need and individual factors that surround the athlete. Many athletes will, however, find 20mg is a good place to start followed by another 20mg twelve hours later if needed. Very few if any should need more than 40g per day in total. Regardless of the specific dose, 2-3 days of use should be the maximum time frame of use for any athlete.
For a safer experience that still allows you to enjoy the benefits of this diuretic, conjoining it with a potassium sparring diuretic can be advised. With this protocol 20mg of Lasix along with 50mg of Aldactone should help the individual control the side effects. This would keep the Lasix dose at a low point and should be all the athlete needs when the additional Aldactone is added.
Lasix is widely available on the prescription and black markets. While Lasix is merely a brand name, you will find Furosemide is extremely easy to find under numerous brand names and also generically. Counterfeits are virtually unheard of and you will find anabolic steroid suppliers commonly carry the diuretic. You will also find the compound is commonly available in 10mg and 20mg tablets, but there’s another version you need to be aware of. There are 500mg Lasix tablets available. They are not commonly found outside strictly regulated medical use but they can be found. This is a tablet that should be avoided at all cost by most all people and should not be used by any athlete. Large dose 500mg Lasix tablets should only be used in severe medical conditions and will kill most that use them. An athlete who uses a 500mg Lasix tablet will more than likely die.
You can easily buy Lasix online; in fact, you can buy Lasix online in a massive supply and you will find it is very cheap. There are virtually no known counterfeits of the diuretic, and it’s not a controlled substance. However, in the U.S. if you buy Lasix online you will be breaking the law. You will need a prescription for this diuretic, but you will also find it is a fairly easy prescription to get. However, if you buy the compound on the black market, if an illegal lab manufactures it there is always the possibility of the product being inaccurately dosed, and this could lead to severe complications. If you decide to buy Lasix you should only do so from a legitimate pharmacy.
It is impossible to deny that Lasix is a powerfully effective diuretic. Its use in fighting edema is very valuable, as can be its use in fighting high blood pressure. Some physicians do get a little carried away with it when treating high blood pressure and this can be damaging, but it is effective. In a performance capacity, once again we cannot deny its effectiveness, but we really can’t recommend it either. Potassium sparing diuretics can do an excellent job, and if you manipulate your water properly you’ll be able to get the results you want without the added risk associated with Lasix.