Saturday, June 10, 2023

A client has been taking furosemide (Lasix) for the past week. The nurse recognizes which finding may indicate the client is experiencing a negative side effect from the medication



A client has been taking furosemide (Lasix) for the past week.

The nurse recognizes which finding may indicate the client is experiencing a negative side effect from the medication?

  • A. Weight gain of 5 pounds
  • B. Edema of the ankles
  • C. Gastric irritability
  • D. Decreased appetite

Answer: D: Decreased appetite

Lasix causes a loss of potassium if a supplement is not taken. Signs and symptoms of hypokalemia include anorexia, fatigue, nausea, decreased GI motility, muscle weakness, dysrhythmias.