Lasix is not a hormone compound
but a diuretic. Lasix belongs to the group of saluretics and to be exact is
a loop diuretic. Lasix's effect consists of distinctly increased excretion of
sodium, chloride, potassium, and water. A very important characteristic which
must be absolutely monitored with loop diuretics is the reabsorbtion of potassium
ions, sodium ions, and chloride ions. This causes a considerable disturbance
of the electrolyte household.
Due to its intense effect on water excretion Lasix is used for treatment of
edemas and high blood pressure. In bodybuilding some drug using Bodybuilders take Lasix shortly before a competition
to excrete excessive, mostly subcutaneous, water so that they appear hard, defined,
and ripped to the bone when in the limelight. The effect of tablets begins within
an hour and continues for 3-4 hours. Depending on how much water is still in
the athlete's body he must have more or less frequent access to a restroom.
This can cause a considerable weight loss within a very short time. For this
reason, athletes often use Lasix to lose weight and to compete in a lower weight
class. Athletes usually prefer the oral form of the compound. Bodybuilders occasionally
use the injectable and intravenous version the morning of the competition since
it becomes immediately effective when the athlete, due to a more or less strongly
remaining water ifim, begins to panic. This, however can also produce the opposite
effect. That is, the muscles become small and flat; the athlete loses vascularity,
and has no pump during warm-up when during a very short time too much water
and minerals are lost. It is thus possible that some pro or top amateur shortly
before the beginning of a competition as a last countermeasure is seen with
a bag of glucose solution being injected intravenously so that the blood volume
rises again. In order to compensate for the potassium loss many athletes take
potassium chloride tablets. This, however, involves a certain risk since an
overdose of potassium can cause cardiac arrest.
Side effects can include circulatory disturbances, dizziness,
dehydration, muscle cramps, vomiting, circulatory collapse, diarrhea, and fainting.
In extreme cases cardiac arrest is possible. This also seems to have been the
cause of death for Austrian bodybuilder Heinz Salimayer, who passed away during
the 1980's, and for Mohammed Benaziza, who died in October 1992.
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