Lasix

  1. Last night at work one of the docs told me lasix got it's name because it LAsts SIX hours. He swore he wasn't making it up or teasing me. Has anyone else heard this theory???
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  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    ABSOLUTELY, always tell this to my home care patients why they don't want to be taking too late in the day, or will be up at night!
  4. by   aimeee
    Hey, I never heard that before, but it makes sense! Good way for patients to remember it too. Thanks!
  5. by   Huganurse
    I didn't know that either! I love learning something new! Thanks for sharing.
  6. by   RNFROG3
    I wish I had known that in nursing school, but it is still neat to learn something so easy! Thanks!
  7. by   hoolahan
    Yes, I've heard that too.
  8. by   LauraRN0501
    Originally posted by RNFROG3
    I wish I had known that in nursing school
    Well, since it seems to be true, I wish I had heard that before too! Pretty neat.
  9. by   NurseDennie
    You'll never guess where *I* heard that. On ER, I think. Must have been in one of the two episodes I've seen.

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    Dennie
  10. by   NRSKarenRN
    Lasix :CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

    The onset of diuresis following oral administration is within 1 hour. The peak effect occurs within the first or second hour. The duration of diuretic effect is 6 to 8 hours.

    http://www.aventispharma-us.com/PIs/....html#CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY
  11. by   LauraRN0501
    Thanks Karen! I guess I should have made myself clearer. I know the pharmacology of lasix, I was just wondering if that's REALLY how it was named or if the doc was pulling my leg!
  12. by   NRSKarenRN
    Laura,

    Could be a myth but I've heard it several times over the years.
  13. by   TracyB,RN
    Yep, heard that many years ago
  14. by   BlueBear
    Lots of pharmacuetical companies name their drugs in a way to hint at either what they are for, how they are dosed, etc. For example, Dolobid (I know, old drug but only one I can think of right now!) is given twice a day (bid). Lipitor is easy, as it is used to treat lipids. Timoptic for eyes (optic) and on and on. Can anyone think of any others??

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