Torsemide is a loop diuretic. It works by making the kidney eliminate larger amounts of electrolytes (especially sodium and potassium salts) and water than normal (diuretic effect). It is also used alone or with other medicines to treat high blood pressure.
Take Torsemide by mouth with or without food. Torsemide may increase the amount of urine or cause you to urinate more often when you first start taking it. To keep this from disturbing your sleep, try to take your dose before 6 pm. If you also take cholestyramine, do not take it within 4 hours before or after taking Torsemide.
Avoid eating licorice or Korean ginseng while taking Torsemide.
Do not use Torsemide if you are allergic to any ingredient in Torsemide or to sulfonylureas (e.g., glyburide) or if you are unable to urinate.
Possible side effect
The most common side effects are constipation; dizziness or lightheadedness when sitting up or standing; excessive urination; headache; increased coughing; nasal inflammation; nausea. Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur: severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; diarrhea; dry mouth or unusual thirst; hearing loss or ringing in the ears; loss of appetite; muscle pain or cramps; rapid or irregular heartbeat; rectal bleeding; restlessness; unusual tiredness or weakness; vomiting.
Some medicines may interact with Torsemide . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following: Aminoglycosides (eg, gentamicin) or cisplatin because the risk of temporary or permanent hearing loss may be increased; Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs; eg, ibuprofen, naproxen) or probenecid because they may decrease the effectiveness of Torsemide; Chloral hydrate, digitalis (eg, digoxin), lithium, suramin because side effects may be increased by Torsemide; Nondepolarizing muscle relaxants (e.g., pancuronium) because its actions and side effects may be increased or decreased by Torsemide.
If you miss a dose of Torsemide and are using it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once.
Store Torsemide between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Torsemide out of the reach of children and away from pets.
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