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    Information about Torasemide

    Torasemide uses

    Torasemide is used in the treatment of Hypertension (high blood pressure) and Edema. It treats oedema (fluid overload) associated with heart, liver, kidney or lung disease.

    How torasemide works

    Torasemide is a diuretic. It removes extra water and certain electrolytes from the body by increasing the amount of urine produced.

    Common side effects of torasemide

    Headache, Dizziness, Dehydration, Constipation, Decreased blood pressure, Stomach upset
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    Dr. Betina Chandolia
    MDS, BDS
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Lalit Kanodia
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    15 Jan 2020 | 10:04 AM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Torasemide

    • Take it in the morning with breakfast to avoid getting up at night to urinate.
    • Monitor your blood pressure after starting Torasemide, and notify your doctor if it does not lower down.
    • Consult your doctor if you experience dizziness, tiredness, or muscle weakness that does not go away.
    • Take potassium supplements or potassium-rich diet (banana, spinach, coconut water, etc.) as Torasemide can decrease your potassium levels and lead to dehydration.
    • You may be asked to get regular blood tests done to monitor your kidney function.

    Frequently asked questions for Torasemide


    Q. Does Torasemide raise blood sugar?

    Yes, Torasemide may raise blood sugar levels causing hyperglycemia. Hence, blood glucose levels should be regularly checked during treatment with Torasemide.

    Q. What are the side effects of Torasemide?

    The common side effects of Torasemide include frequent urination, cough, constipation, diarrhea, hearing loss, ringing in ears, sore throat, headache and upset stomach. While, the serious side effects of Torasemide include dehydration and electrolyte imbalance, rapid, excessive weight loss, vomiting blood, chest pain, difficulty breathing or swallowing, blisters or peeling skin, hives, rash, and itching.

    Q. Does Torasemide increase creatinine?

    Yes, Torasemide may cause a mild increase in creatinine values depending on the dose you are taking. These increased creatinine levels may increase slightly more when this medicine is used for long term. However, with discontinuation of the treatment, these levels return to their base value.

    Q. Does Torasemide cause loss of potassium?

    Torasemide may not cause direct potassium loss. But, in some cases, its use may cause excess loss of water which may lead to dehydration. This, as a result, may cause loss of potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium.

    Content on this page was last updated on 15 January, 2020, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)