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Torasemide

INFORMATION

Uses

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 swelling by increasing the amount of urine, which removes extra water and certain electrolytes from the body.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Frequent urge to urinate, Diarrhoea, Abdominal pain, Abnormal liver function tests, Chest pain, Constipation, Dry mouth, Increased thirst, Dizziness, Headache, Hearing loss, Decreased sodium level in blood, Ringing in ear, Weight loss, Vomiting of blood

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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

Torasemide

Q.What is Dytor and what is it used for?
Dytor (Torasemide) is a drug from “Loop diuretic” class which is used to manage high blood pressure, swelling in the body (edema), especially in liver, kidney or heart failure

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

Q.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.


Content on this page was last updated on 24 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)