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Torasemide is used in the treatment of fluid retention (edema), heart failure, increased blood pressure and hypercalcemia (increased calcium levels in blood).

How it works

Torasemide lowers the swelling by removing the levels of excess water and electrolytes in the body.

Common side effects

Dehydration, Decreased potassium level in blood, Decreased magnesium level in blood, Increased blood uric acid, Hearing loss

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Expert advice

  • Inform your doctor about the other medications that you are taking, especially if they are drugs for controlling blood pressure or diabetes, or if you are taking corticosteroids.
  • Continue taking the medicine even if you start feeling well. Do not stop taking the drug without consulting your doctor.
  • Check your blood pressure one week after starting the drug and consult your doctor if it has not improved.
  • Do not take torasemide if you are allergic to it or to drugs of the sulfonylurea class used to treat diabetes (e.g. glibenclamide, glipizide).
  • Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather.
  • Consult your doctor before taking this drug if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

Frequently asked questions



What is torasemide and what is it used for?
Torasemide is a medicine from the class of high ceiling diuretics (high efficacy) and it works by making you pass more urine. It is used for the treatment of increased blood pressure and for fluid retention (edema) due to congestive heart failure, underlying lung, liver and kidney problems.


Is torasemide safe?
Torasemide is a relatively safe drug if used in prescribed dose and for prescribed duration as advised by your doctor


Does torasemide have any serious side effects?
Torasemide is known to cause liver toxicity and increase in blood urea, creatinine and cholesterol values in rare cases.

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Can I take torasemide with prednisone?
Minor interactions have been reported between torasemide and prednisone which can cause lowering of potassium levels in your body (hypokalemia). Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

Content on this page was last updated on 27 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)