Torsemide is a loop diuretic (colloquially referred to as a water pill) that induces urination helping the body evacuate excessive fluids caused by certain diseases and medical conditions.
Torsemide is a loop diuretic that treats fluid retention caused by conditions such as edema. Edema is swelling of tissue in response to injury or inflammation. Edema can be caused by certain diseases such as congestive heart failure, which can cause fluid buildup because the heart is weaker and pumps blood more slowly.
Liver diseases like cirrhosis can lead to fluid retention as it causes low levels of proteins and albumin, leading to fluid leaking into the abdomen (a condition called ascites). Nephrotic syndrome, a condition of the kidneys, the organs that filters urine out of blood, can lead to edema in the leg or the entire body. Untreated edema can lead to life-threatening conditions. Torsemide can help the body filter certain salts and produce more urine to reduce fluid retention.
The diuretic nature of torsemide is also sometimes used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).
Torsemide is sold as tablets. Non-tablet torsemide appears as white or off-white crystalline powder.
Torsemide tablets may also contain lactose, povidone, microcrystalline cellulose, crospovidone and magnesium stearate.
Torsemide dosage will vary as per physician recommendation, age, severity of the condition and response to the treatment. The dosage prescribed by a physician should be followed exactly.
Torsemide is taken by the mouth usually one time each day. Avoid taking Torsemide at least 4 hours before bedtime to avoid potential bedwetting or sleep being interrupted by the need to urinate.
Torsemide can be taken with or without food as food does not affect how the drug is absorbed into the body.
It is recommended that Torsemide is taken at the same time each day.
Patients taking Torsemide for hypertension should continue the prescribed dosage even when “feeling fine.” Hypertension patients do not experience symptoms. The prescribed dosage is essential for the drug to be effective.
Warnings and Precautions
Do not take Torsemide if allergic to sulfonamide medications or any of the ingredients in the drug.
Torsemide may not be safe for patients who have experienced liver problems, kidney complications or gout.
Do not take Torsemide if you are unable to urinate or have any other urinary complications.
Torsemide may interact with or affect the blood sugar level of patients with diabetes. Consult a physician specifically regarding how to take Torsemide alongside diabetic medication.
Torsemide can reduce potassium levels in the body. In such cases, patients will need to adapt a potassium-rich diet or take supplements.
Consult a physician before taking Torsemide if pregnant, breastfeeding or attempting to get pregnant.
Patients taking cholestyramine (Questran) along with Torsemide should take cholestyramine 4 hours before or one hour after Torsemide.
Torsemide could potentially cause one or more of the following side effects:
Side effects are not limited to the above.
Immediately consult a physician if side effects continue to persist or worsen over time.