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    Information about Torasemide

    Torasemide uses

    Torasemide is used in the treatment of Hypertension (high blood pressure) and Oedema. 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. In doing so, it causes potassium loss.

    Common side effects of torasemide

    Dizziness, Weakness, Dehydration, Decreased potassium level in blood, Increased blood uric acid, Decreased magnesium level in blood, Increased thirst
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Betina Chandolia
    MDS (Oral Pathology & Microbiology), BDS
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Lalit Kanodia
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    20 Sep 2019 | 03:35 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Torasemide

    • Torasemide helps remove excess water from your body and lowers blood pressure.
    • Take it in the morning with breakfast to avoid getting up at night to urinate.
    • Notify 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. Whereas, the serious side effects of Torasemide include signs of dehydration and electrolyte imbalance, rapid, excessive weight loss, vomiting blood, chest pain, difficulty breathing or swallowing, blisters or peeling skin, hives, rash, and itching. One may also experience pain that begins in the stomach and may also spread to the back.

    Q. Does Torasemide increase creatinine?

    Yes, Torasemide may cause a mild increase in creatinine values, which is dose related. These increased levels may increase slightly more with long-term treatment. However, with discontinuation of 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 20 September, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)